2021 is nearly in our rear view mirror. The real world has, quite frustratingly, knocked on the video game industry’s door and said “hello! We’ve come here to stress you out again.”The pandemic, for what it’s worth, has not abated. But the spread of vaccines and loosening of public health restrictions have meant a slow adaptation to new normalcy. We must then instead turn our attention to the massive engines of finance that have rocked and rolled the video game industry for twelve months, the legal cases that have come to inspire everything from worker organization to (potential) platform policy changes, and the work being put in by game developers to make the wider industry a better place to be. Here are the trends that defined 2021 for game developers.