Gaming in 2022 Recap: From BGMI Ban to Microsoft’s $69-Billion Headache, a Look Back

2022 has been an eventful year for gamers, with highlights including the critically acclaimed Elden Ring and God of War Ragnarök. However, it hasn’t been entirely smooth sailing, as Microsoft’s controversial $69 billion bid to acquire Activision Blizzard remains unresolved. The gaming scene in India has also faced challenges due to the ban of Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI), which has had a significant impact on the local esports industry. Additionally, there has been a lot of buzz about Web3 and blockchain gaming efforts, although their practicality is debatable.

In this week’s episode of Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast, host Akhil Arora engages in a fascinating discussion with industry insider Rishi Alwani and Screen Rant game guides editor Akshay Bhalla to reflect on the gaming landscape of 2022.

2022 in gaming: the biggest news

Arora initiates the discussion by asking the guests about their thoughts on the most significant development in gaming during this year. Bhalla points to the reveal of Starfield, which provided assurance amidst concerns about Bethesda games. Alwani highlights the monumental leak of GTA VI, with over 90 clips, a leak of this scale is rare in the gaming world. Alwani also discusses the negative impact of the BGMI ban on India’s gaming industry and esports scene.

However, the most significant news, both financially and otherwise, has been Microsoft’s ongoing struggle with the Activision Blizzard acquisition. Alwani secretly hopes the process takes even longer, as he views it as a reflection of Microsoft’s failure to deliver compelling exclusive titles for their next-generation Xbox consoles. Bhalla notes that acquiring the massive market size of Activision has the potential to reshape the gaming landscape, especially with the inclusion of popular franchises such as Call of Duty.

Our favorite games of 2022

The conversation then transitions to the games that the participants have most enjoyed playing this year and eagerly anticipate returning to in the future. Bhalla surprises with his choice of Triangle Strategy, available on Switch and PC, praising its tactical gameplay and intriguing narrative. Alwani cleverly opts for a tie between Soul Hackers 2, Monster Hunter Rise’s Sunbreak expansion, and Final Fantasy XIV.

Discover the Best Games of 2022

What to expect in 2023?

In the final segment of this Orbital episode, the discussion revolves around the expectations and wishes for the gaming industry in 2023. Bhalla believes that Starfield will be a make-or-break moment for Xbox Series S/X. Alwani, on the other hand, eagerly awaits the release of a Switch Pro next year, hoping that it can rival the performance of the Steam Deck, especially with the impending launch of a new Zelda game. Bhalla emphasizes the need for next-generation consoles like PS5 and Series S/X to embrace titles that truly leverage the capabilities of the current hardware, like Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, in order to avoid stagnation.

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