How Has COVID-19 Affected the Entertainment Industry

Jason Rong

In this day and age, everyone is so involved with entertainment; ranging from watching movies to listening to music, playing video games to watching sports, we use entertainment to cope after a long day of work and to enjoy ourselves. It’s hard to imagine a world without it; It’s hard to imagine a world without fun. Well, you don’t have to imagine because we are living it right now. After the coronavirus struck the entertainment industry, the world lost its source of fun. 

Coronavirus negatively affected the film industry. According to Insider, the virus delayed several highly-anticipated movies, such as the thriller movie No Time to Die starring Daniel Craig, the action movie Tenet directed by Christopher Nolan, the horror movie A Quiet Place II starring John Krasinski and the long awaited sequel movie Fast and Furious 9 starring Vin Diesel No Time to Die’s original release date was April of this year but has now been pushed back to November of this year, A Quiet Place ll is pushed back to April 23, 2021, almost a year after its original release date, Fast and Furious 9 is postponed from May 22, 2020, to April 2, 2021. According to Statista, the film industry lost an estimate of 10 billion dollars of revenue from mid-March to the end of May.  

Coronavirus weirdly affected the music industry. On one hand, Coronavirus shattered the music industry; on the other, Coronavirus benefited the music industry. According to Insider, the most popular music festival in the world, Coachella, was postponed due to Coronavirus, Teenager Popstar on the rise, Billie Ellish, posted “Unfortunately for everyone’s safety we have to postpone the rest of the shows this year,” on her social media back in May and postponed her Where do We Go tour. The world superstar who was on hiatus for four years and dropped his studio album this year, Justin Bieber, also postponed his tour. So how did the coronavirus benefit the music industry? Well, the music industry makes the majority of its revenues in two ways, the first way is concerts; the more people attend concerts, the more revenue the music industry would bring in, the second way is streaming; the more people streaming the music; the more revenue would come in, according to World Economic Forum, online music subscription revenues increased by 70.0% year-over-year. The number of online paying-users reached 42.7 million, a year-over-year increase of 50.4. That means more people are streaming music while staying at home; more streaming equals more revenue. 

Coronavirus positively affected the gaming industry. The gaming industry is the largest part of the entertainment industry; with 2.3 billion gamers worldwide, surpassing both the music and the film industry, the Coronavirus caused a global pandemic and put people in homes, many people who stuck at homes had no choice but to turn their interest to gaming, the pandemic coronavirus caused boosted the population of gamers and made gaming more popular than ever. 

I am a huge fan of movies and music; I don’t play any video games, so the negatives definitely outweigh the positives for me. The Weekend, one of my favorite artists of all time, postponed his concerts, Fast and Furious, my favorite movie franchise of all time, postponed its 9th movie, despite losing the opportunity to experience the Weekend perform, despite not being able to see Fast and Furious 9, I remain positive, and you should too. I found some ways to cope instead of being upset; some things to do instead of going to the movie theater, some good ways to cope are medication, jog, and listen to music, listening to music is my personal favorite, while listening to music, I could imagine the scenery of the artist perform in my head, I could imagine the crowd going nuts, some good things to do are playing video games and painting,  if you loved going to the movie theater, you would definitely enjoy playing roleplaying video games, roleplaying video games are similar to movies in many ways, roleplaying video games are driven by a storyline; a plot, your decision making skills and the choices you make will affect how the storyline unfold, some good recommendations are Life is Strange, The Walking Dead, and The Last of Us. I’ve played Life is Strange; Life is Strange is about how a college girl named Max uses her ability to turn back time to save her best friend. We all have to look at the positives, learn to adapt and pray for better days. 

In conclusion, the Coronavirus had both negative and positive impacts on the entertainment industry. While the music and film industry suffered severely because of the virus, the gaming industry thrived. Lastly, you should remain positive no matter how much the Coronavirus affected your favorite entertainment source because nothing is permanent,  the dark times will pass, and better days will come back.