Antimicrobial Additives in Gaming Accessories

Paul Willocks
Marketing Manager (Addmaster)
Antimicrobial Additives in Gaming Accessories

In the dynamic, evolving, and ever-growing world of gaming, where players spend countless hours engaged in virtual adventures, the significance of hygiene often takes a back seat to the gameplay. However, as the gaming industry continues to expand its reach and attract a diverse audience of all ages, the demand for accessories that not only enhance the gaming experience but also prioritise the hygiene of players is becoming increasingly apparent.

The global gaming accessories market is highly competitive and driven by innovation. In 2024 the market is estimated to be worth $11.8 Billion and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.3% up until 2030. Companies in the sector are struggling to find USP’s and this is where antimicrobial technology can make the difference.

Antimicrobial additives are a cutting-edge solution poised to revolutionise the landscape of gaming accessories. While some manufacturers have started to integrate these additives into their products, the widespread adoption of antimicrobial technology in gaming accessories remains very limited. We explore the reasons behind this underutilisation and the vast opportunities that await those manufacturers who embrace this transformative hygiene technology.

Underutilisation in the Current Landscape

Despite the benefits they offer, antimicrobial additives have yet to become a standard feature in gaming accessories. Several factors can be attributed to this underutilisation:

  • Cost: In an industry driven by price competitiveness, it is perceived that an added expense may pose a barrier to adoption. However, it's essential to consider the long-term benefits and cost savings that antimicrobial technology can provide long term.
  • Awareness: Many consumers and manufacturers alike may not fully understand the benefits of antimicrobial technology or the range of available technologies. Without a clear understanding of the advantages, the demand for such features remains muted. Educating both industry stakeholders and consumers about the efficacy of antimicrobial technology and promoting a more hygienic gaming environment is crucial to driving adoption.
  • Regulation: Compliance with regulatory standards and guidelines may be intimidating for manufacturers seeking to incorporate antimicrobial additives into their products. However, collaboration with relevant regulatory bodies and adherence to industry standards can help manufacturers to ensure the efficacy of their antimicrobial gaming accessories.

Opportunities for Growth

Despite the current underutilisation, the potential for antimicrobial additives to revolutionise the gaming accessory market is significant. Several key opportunities exist for manufacturers who embrace this technology:

  • Rising Hygiene Awareness: The global emphasis on more hygienic environments means that gaming accessory manufacturers can position themselves as leaders by integrating antimicrobial additives into their products. Emphasising the role of antimicrobial technology in improving hygiene can resonate strongly with increasingly health-conscious consumers.
  • Competitive Advantage: Antimicrobial additives offer a significant unique selling point for gaming accessories manufacturers, providing a competitive edge in a market where it is tough to stand out. Products that prioritise hygiene are likely to resonate with consumers, driving demand and fostering brand loyalty. Manufacturers that proactively embrace antimicrobial technology can position themselves as forward thinking and innovators in the industry whilst gaining a significant advantage over the competition.
  • Expanding Market: As the gaming industry continues to grow, so too does the market for specialised gaming accessories. Antimicrobial additives present an opportunity for manufacturers to tap into this expanding market segment and cater to the evolving preferences of gamers worldwide. By offering gaming accessories with enhanced hygiene, manufacturers can attract new customers and strengthen their foothold in the competitive gaming market.

Innovative Applications and Technologies

The integration of antimicrobial additives into gaming accessories opens up a world of possibilities. From gaming mice and keyboards to VR headsets and even gaming chairs and clothing, manufacturers can enhance the hygiene of their products through the use of antimicrobial technology. Surface coatings and infused materials are just two examples of the technologies driving the integration of antimicrobial additives into gaming accessories.

One product in particular, Biomaster, is perfect for the gaming accessories market and is renowned for its effectiveness and versatility.

Biomaster utilises silver ion technology to deliver powerful antimicrobial properties, effectively inhibiting the growth of bacteria on treated surfaces. The proven efficacy of Biomaster makes it a preferred choice for companies in the gaming market seeking to bolster their hygiene standards and create added value for their customers.

Just How Dirty Are Your Gaming Accessories?

As gamers immerse themselves for hours on end, their gaming accessories, from controllers and keyboards to VR headsets, harbour a plethora of microbes. But just how dirty can gaming accessories be?

An article by USA Today identified the dirtiest consoles and accessories.[1]

  • PlayStation games consoles and controllers were found to have more than double the number of bacteria units than commonly found on a toilet seat.
  • Xbox came in cleaner, but also failed the toilet seat test, with half as many bacteria.
  • Nintendo Switch was the cleanest among those tested but was still far from pristine.
  • PC’s used by desktop gamers were the dirtiest gaming tool of all.

Computer game controllers harbour on average more bacteria than a toilet seat. Although a third of people believe their loo seat is the most germ-ridden place in the house. A study also showed that 49% of Americans do not clean their electronics, including gaming accessories.[2] This is justification enough for the need for antimicrobial additives.

The Rise of VR Headsets and Associated Hygiene Factors

Virtual reality (VR) gaming is one area that has witnessed a meteoric rise in recent years, offering immersive experiences that transport players to fantastical realms and alternate realities. However, alongside the excitement, there's a growing awareness of the hygiene factors associated with VR headset usage.[3]

One of the primary concerns is the accumulation of sweat, oil, and bacteria on the VR headset's faceplates, headbands, and controllers. As users engage in intense gaming sessions, they inevitably perspire, creating an ideal breeding ground for microbes and in turn odour. This poses not only a discomfort issue but also a hygiene issue, as bacteria can thrive in warm, moist environments.

To address these hygiene challenges, manufacturers should be exploring innovative solutions, including the inclusion of antimicrobial additives into VR headset components. By integrating antimicrobial technology into the faceplates, headbands, and controllers, these accessories can actively inhibit the growth of bacteria and reduce odour.

Antimicrobial additives work by disrupting the cellular processes of microorganisms, preventing them from proliferating and colonising the surface of the VR headset and related components. This technology offers passive product protection, providing users with peace of mind and promoting a more hygienic gaming experience. Moreover, antimicrobial properties persist for the lifetime of the product, ensuring long-lasting product protection.

As the popularity of VR gaming continues to soar and users spend increasingly more time immersed in virtual worlds, prioritising hygiene becomes paramount. VR headsets are often shared in professional and home environments which further justifies the inclusion of antimicrobial properties.

Non-Electronic Gaming Accessories

Non-electronic accessories such as gaming chairs and clothing play a crucial role in enhancing the player experience. However, as gamers settle into marathon sessions, these items can unwittingly become breeding grounds for microbes, courtesy of sweat, spills, and prolonged use, naturally leading to odour.

By integrating antimicrobial additives into the fabric or materials used in gaming chairs and clothing, manufacturers can offer gamers an extra layer of product protection against microbial proliferation whilst reducing odour.

Beyond gaming chairs and clothing, the potential applications of antimicrobial additive technology in gaming accessories are huge. For instance, mouse pads and wrist rests, frequently overlooked yet integral components of gaming setups, would benefit from antimicrobial technology due to the build-up of sweat and bacteria.

Future Outlook

As the gaming industry continues to evolve and adapt to changing consumer preferences and technological advancements, the future of antimicrobial additives in gaming accessories is promising. By investing in research and development, collaborating with suppliers of antimicrobial technologies such as Addmaster, and prioritising consumer education, manufacturers can capitalise on the growing demand for more hygienic gaming environments. The integration of antimicrobial additives into gaming accessories represents not only a strategic business opportunity but also a commitment to promoting hygiene in gaming communities worldwide and adding value for consumers.

The current underutilisation of antimicrobial additives in gaming accessories currently represents a missed opportunity for manufacturers to differentiate their products and meet the evolving needs of consumers. By embracing innovative technologies, and capitalising on market trends, manufacturers can unlock the full potential of antimicrobial technology and be at the forefront of this hygienic revolution.

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[1] Your Gaming Controller is Dirtier Than You Think / USA Today -

[2] 49% of People Don’t Disinfect Electronics / Panda Media Centre -

[3] How to disinfect your VR equipment during the Covid-19 Pandemic / Forbes -

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