Growing Pains for Penang’s Gaming Industry

By Nicole Chang

November 2021 FEATURE
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WHEN MALAYSIA ANNOUNCED its first lockdown last March, gamers scrambled to purchase video game CDs and game consoles, with retailers like Game Tag and Impulse Gaming Penang witnessing a sudden influx of customers. But sales dried to a trickle soon after, says Yeoh of Game Tag. “Overall, our sales dropped by half when compared to before the pandemic.”The two brick-and-mortar game shops popular with gamers at Prangin Mall were financially scathed. “Demand was high at first when PlayStation 5 launched...

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Nicole Chang

has just completed her PhD programme at the Department of Development Planning and Management, School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia.