With the gaming world finally on the verge of a resurgence after a devastating decade, some of the most successful and popular female video game creators have begun to make plans to open their own gaming stores.
Some of them are already open in New York City, but they are not just the ones that will soon be able to take their games to gaming stores; they are also the ones who will need to adapt to the changing gaming landscape.
With gaming becoming a huge part of pop culture, the next step is for gamers to open up their own shops, as well.
Some games, like Overwatch and Overwatch: Origins, already exist online.
Others, like Destiny, have not yet been released in the West.
In other cases, like the upcoming Overwatch: Battle Royale, players can purchase an in-game character and play the game without having to play the actual game.
The games are free to play, but gamers have to purchase the in-app purchase, which costs real money.
These new games will require a dedicated gaming shop to make them successful.
For some, that will be a big deal, but for others, like Emily Schmaltz of the Overwatch blog, it will be less of a concern.
She noted that there are already a few games in the Overwatch store that cater to gamers who are looking for a quick and easy way to get their hands on the game.
“We’re already looking at a couple of titles in the pipeline for the Overwatch shop that are going to be very accessible for the average gamer,” she said.
“It’s a really great opportunity to take some of these games that are already available and make them more accessible to more people.”
For Schmeltz, this means that gamers can access her own Overwatch store at any time, which she has been doing since the beginning of Overwatch’s development.
For Schlétten, this is not an easy task.
She will need a dedicated server to host her Overwatch shop, and she will need servers in her home country of Belgium.
“I’m not even sure how much time I’m going to have to put into that right now,” she explained.
“If I had a choice between playing Overwatch on a laptop, a tablet, or a phone, I would be playing Overwatch.
But with all the stuff I’m working on and the new games coming out, I need to have a dedicated machine to run them.”
For the most part, Schmltz said, she is excited to finally have a store open.
“My goal is to keep doing this and get the game out to as many people as possible,” she wrote.
“When I get the chance to, I’m ready to go.”
Gamers like Emily can open their Overwatch store to anyone, but Schmiltz does not want to just cater to a specific audience.
“In the future, I’ll be looking for other gamers to be part of that,” she stated.
“Maybe it will open up a whole new world for gamers, but right now I’m just looking for people who are interested in playing Overwatch.”
The gamer community as a whole, however, has been supportive of the idea of a dedicated Overwatch store.
“While I have no plans for my own Overwatch shop,” Emily said, “I do know that many other people who have been playing Overwatch are looking forward to opening their own store and seeing how they can do something similar.”
With more and more games being released every year, the opportunity to open your own Overwatch server is becoming more and less of an issue for Overwatch players.
“As more and better games come out, we will see more and greater opportunities for people to access Overwatch content, which means that I’m sure that there will be more and even more opportunities for other players to do the same,” Emily concluded.
“Hopefully Overwatch will become even more accessible for more people soon.”
Gamertag: Emily Schlietten, @emilyschieltz