Move Over, Facebook: How Gaming Is Becoming the New Social Network

TheGrill 2020: Gaming and esports experts agree that the online multiplayer community is quickly becoming the destination for community fun

Throughout the pandemic, people worldwide have flocked to multiplayer and online video games at an unprecedented rate as a way to continue to keep in touch and engage in friendly, entertaining competition — and industry experts believe that gaming is quickly becoming the “new social network.”

Unlike Facebook, its subsidiary Instagram, Twitter, or any other social network, video games have worked to develop and implement a nearly airtight system for reporting players who are openly offensive in chats or during a game. As Ross Gerber, co-founder of investment firm Gerber Kawasaki, said during TheGrill’s 2020 panel on gaming and esports, he’d rather have his young son play video games than see him sitting around on Facebook.

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Samson Amore

Samson Amore

Technology and gaming reporter • samson.amore@thewrap.com • Twitter: @Samsonamore