Why AI Will Upend The Games Industry

Matt Dion
2 min readSep 24, 2022

An examination of the myriad ways in which democratized generative AI tools will revolutionize gaming and game development, including several examples of early explorations on the fringes of the industry.

“AI and games, photojournalism, 4K, realistic” | Image Credit: Midjourney

You’ve undoubtedly seen it by now: the endless Twitter threads of AI-generated images from tools like DALL-E 2 or Midjourney; the award-winning AI art compositions; the all-to-predictable concerns of human obsolescence at the hand of robotic overlords. AI tools are increasingly being made available to everyday users, and it’s only a matter of time until they begin to impact the games industry. In fact, that impact has already begun.

Early bite-sized examples are already popping up, such as WORDALLE or Thinkwert’s choose-your-own-adventure Twitter games. Yet innovations around DALL-E-style 2D images are just the tip of the iceberg. It doesn’t take much imagination to consider the implications for gaming; in fact, it’s a topic we’ve already discussed at length on The Metacast.

Make no mistake about it: AI will revolutionize gaming and game development. Recent rounds of fundraising from Inworld AI (AI-driven virtual characters), Modulate (AI-powered player toxicity detection) and Regression Games (AI-enabled competitive gaming) are illustrative of this trend and may signal the start of a coming wave of investor interest in new ventures exploring this space.

While major publishers like Ubisoft, King, and Take-Two are already utilizing AI in a variety of ways, what’s noteworthy about this recent surge in activity is…

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