A trend that could become a reality with the arrival of 5G in the Brazilian market and the advancement of fiber is a stronger partnership between telecom operators and the video game industry, as is now happening in the United States. This Tuesday the 26th Verizon announced the contract Microsoft Offer access to the Xbox All Access service – billed with your phone bill.
In a press release, the operator said that Microsoft is “joining forces”5G promises growth and innovation across multiple platforms, including mobility, nationwide broadband and the most popular consumer offerings.” Verizon has commercial 5G available since 2019.
The game service allows you to buy a console (Xbox Series S or X) and two years of Game Pass Ultimate, which brings a catalog of cloud games for two years, for a monthly fee of $ 25. There is also access online. Multiplayer Gaming Service – In the ad, Verizon highlights the use of both fixed and mobile networks using 5G for low-latency cloud gaming.
In Brazil, there is still no similar partnership with giants in the gaming market, such as Microsoft itself. Sony or Nintendo. With game developers, there is some scope, but more focused on mobile games, according to the survey TELETIME.
Claro offers a zero-rating plan for watching match broadcasts on Twitch and access to certain games, in addition to in-game item packs for online games on mobile, such as Free Fire, Pokémon Go and Asphalt 9. For landlines, the company offers “24-hour gamer support, a NoPing app for PC- to improve ping, among other benefits”, promises new news soon.
For its part, TIM brings a partnership with Gameloft for unlimited access to the developer’s mobile games, “without ads and without the need to purchase items to progress in the game.” In addition, you have access to the Games Club, for access to games for a fixed monthly fee; games for kids, in partnership with Disney titles; regular games that have virtual versions of board games; and Instarena, which has unlimited games for Android, videos, tips and news about eSports.
Vivo also has a store with gaming products, in addition to the mention of “Vivo Games”, which provides advice on choosing consoles and accessories, but also no digital content partnerships. There is a dedicated “internet gamer” hotlink, but with the operator’s fiber broadband plans without price differentiation or value-added services (SVA) aimed at gaming.
At Oi, apart from some equipment (chairs, lockers, supports, etc.) in partnership with DT3 Sports in the Oi Place market, the operator has no partnership with video game content companies.