Your future iPhone or cable subscription could come with a side of video games

CNET | 3/14/2019 | Ian Sherr
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Not too long from now, when you're ready to play your next big game, it may be on something other than Microsoft's Xbox, Sony's PlayStation or Nintendo's Switch.

You might play it by connecting to a device or service coming from Apple, Google, Amazon or even Comcast.

Comcast

That's right, Comcast.

The cable and internet giant reportedly has bid or considered bidding for Korean gaming company Nexon, which makes the popular online role-playing game MapleStory, according to a local Korean business paper. Comcast is up against Amazon and Apex Legends maker Electronic Arts, which are also said to be in the mix.

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Representatives from Comcast, EA, Amazon and Nexon either declined to comment or didn't respond to requests for comment.

The news of Nexon's potential sale serves as a reminder that the entertainment landscape is rapidly changing. As companies look for the next big thing beyond music subscriptions, internet connections and selling you the next iPhone, video games may hold a key.

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The already huge $138 billion video game industry has produced cultural phenomena like the battle royale games Fortnite and Apex Legends and competitive sports franchises like Riot's League of Legends. Each of those games is free to download, but they charge extra for flair like a dance move or a different look for your character. And people are buying. Epic's Fortnite alone is estimated to have rung up $2.4 billion in revenue last year.

Analysts say that's drawn the attention of media conglomerates and tech giants flush with cash and looking for a new way to grow. At the same time the devices you play games on now, such as the Xbox, PlayStation and Switch, are primed to disappear in the next decade, replaced by a superfast connection that allows you to play games over the internet the same way you watch Netflix today.

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