Gaming bonanza on Telstra, Optus radar as gamers light up the net

Australia’s gamers trumped Netflix subscribers as the largest customers of the web throughout the coronavirus pandemic, or at the very least that is what main telco suppliers Telstra and Optus are saying after seeing their respective networks stretched to the restrict.

At the top of the pandemic as Australia went into lockdown and sports activities matches have been cancelled the quantity of bandwidth required to run video games such as Fortnite and League of Legends was so massive that it prompted a letter from Communications Minister Paul Fletcher in March, asking the gaming platforms to assist NBN Co handle excessive client demand.

“When you take a look at a community degree, gaming dwarfs every part. There was extra time spent gaming than on Netflix in the final six months,” Optus’ vp of product, improvement, TV and content material Clive Dickens says.

The success of video games such as Fortnite, Dota and Counter-Strike has led to the proliferation of e-sport franchises and league groups.Credit:Alamy

“The development is off the charts. The different factor that has modified is the collaborative nature of gaming has continued to blow up. You’re speaking to individuals throughout the world, you are taking part in with individuals throughout the world.”

But what began out for some as a pandemic interest has was a brand new battleground for telco suppliers on the hunt for brand spanking new prospects. Telstra and Optus at the moment are relying on the fast development of the sector to proceed as they fork out massive sums of cash to ship merchandise for PC, console and cell gamers.

“Especially after COVID, we will see an enormous demand for gaming and greater than 90 per cent of the households in Australia have some form of gaming console,” Telstra’s group government for product and know-how, Kim Krogh Andersen, says. “This is changing into equally necessary to having a superb TV expertise or streaming expertise.”


The Australian gaming trade was the quickest rising sector in PwC’s 2020 media and leisure outlook and is price $4 billion this 12 months, in comparison with $3.2 billion the earlier 12 months. PwC says most of this development has come on the again of individuals staying at house in lockdown throughout the pandemic with out the skill to look at sport.

A separate YouGov gaming and esports white paper studies that greater than 70 per cent of Australians now play some type of video or cell sport.

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