6. Gaming's biggest players have moved past competing with one another

Illustration of an old video game joystick over a collage of rectangles and circles.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The gaming industry, once a showcase for the competitive ferment of an innovation-driven tech marketplace, has matured to the point where its biggest players have mostly learned to stay out of each others’ way.

The big picture: A rapidly broadening player base and antitrust regulators’ uniquely laissez-faire attitude toward gaming acquisitions have let the biggest companies establish their own lanes and keep interlopers at bay.

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