Gaming has evolved over the years. It has shifted from something you do during a break to a potential career path — this translates to an industry currently worth billions of pounds.
The rapid developments in gaming can be attributed to how much technology has improved. To give you some perspective, the outdated iPhone 6 is millions of times more powerful than the computers NASA used to send the first man up to the moon. People nowadays are walking around with gadgets capable of doing things outside the realm of possibility back in 1969 — an absurd amount of processing power right at your fingertips.
Because of the improvements in technology, gaming has begun to shift again. To keep up with the fast-paced developments in the industry, it now turns to mobile gaming for the future. Case in point, Reuters estimates that the mobile gaming industry will rake in £53.3 billion by the end of this year, which is 45% of the global gaming market. Read on to understand why mobile gaming is shaping up to be the next big thing.
Investors Are Flocking to Mobile
Mobile games account for 33% of all app downloads across the App Store and Google Play, amounting to a total of 2.4 billion mobile game players across the globe. Mobile gaming is the new norm, as it has removed the economic barrier of needing a computer for gaming. Today, all you need to enjoy a good game is a smartphone and a Wi-Fi connection.
Due to this daily usage and subsequent exponential growth of the mobile gaming industry, it’s not surprising that companies are looking to cash in. Numerous acquisitions and major deals have happened in the last decade in this area. For instance, back in 2016, gaming giant Tencent bought Supercell – the company behind the popular mobile game, Clash of Clans – for a staggering £6.6 billion. While that number seems rather high for a single game, consider that Clash of Clans’ player base peaks at 100 million on a daily basis. An article on Business Insider explains that this is likely due to the addictive gameplay of the defense game, as players refuse to go offline to avoid leaving their fortresses vulnerable to attacks.
Indeed, the huge numbers of various mobile gaming player bases and improving mechanics are more than enough to attract investors from different sectors. A popular trend in mobile gaming is the migration of real-world games to screens. Joy Of Android notes how classic arcade games like pinball have mobile versions now. There are even games that simulate claw machines and duckpin bowling. This trend is especially evident in the arrival of mobile slots, lotto, blackjack, and poker, all hoping to tap into the mobile market. Poker’s mobile adaptation is particularly useful for players who can now access the same real-world mechanics on the go. A look at PPPoker’s LinkedIn feed showcases the smooth mechanics of online poker, with players taking timed turns on a simulated table. The improvements of these mechanics contribute to the rise of mobile gaming, and will undoubtedly continue to bring in more investors from a variety of industries.
Rise of Mobile E-Sports
Mobile gaming has also enjoyed the benefits of the e-sports craze. E-sports staples such as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite have made their way to mobile, but this doesn’t mean the platform doesn’t have exclusive IPs under its belt with games such as Arena of Valor, VainGlory, Clash Royale, and Mobile Legends entering the e-sports arena.
The potential for mobile e-sports is limitless as new games continue to bolster the platform. Just last September Call of Duty: Mobile saw 16 million pre-registrations in the Chinese region alone, which is a sign of things to come for the world of mobile e-sports.
More changes can be expected in the coming years, as mobile games improve with the times. Both players and investors can look forward to better mechanics and more options in the mobile gaming industry.