In Episode 40 of my weekly update, I’m sharing stories and insights around the first public space tourism company, the most popular emojis used, and Fortnite’s continued streaming dominance.
A company aiming to open space to everybody is coming to the market. Without considering the scope of change presently underway in the digital age, this may seem like the stuff of sci fi movies. However, the intersection of exponential technologies are creating and evolving industries such as the global space industry, which is projected to generate revenues of more than $1T. With reservations from 600 people across the world and $80M in collected deposits, Virgin Galactic is embarking on a new era for the markets and human spaceflight.
Last year at the Mobile World Congress, Samsung’s Head of IT & Mobile Communication noted, “Nothing is more important than how emojis are replacing words” when speaking about the evolution in communication. Emojis are almost inescapable in daily conversations on our smartphones. According to Statista an estimated 700M+ emojis are used in Facebook posts daily.
With over 250 million players, and earning $2B+ from in-game microtransactions, Fortnite has become the world’s most popular video game. It’s cultural weight and mainstream popularity saw its biggest tournament held earlier this year at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, home of tennis’ US Open, with Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf taking home $3M for his 1st place finish (and an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon). In its latest season, Fortnite smashed streaming records with 7M+ concurrent viewers across Twitch, Twitter and YouTube.