For an industry launched less than two decades ago, the gaming industry has grown sporadically.
In the mid-2000s, the industry was worth valued at less than $10 billion. In 2018, nearly half of all gaming revenue comes from mobile gamers.
Why are all the rage with smartphone games in 2018? Study firm Statistica estimates that the average mobile gamer spends three hours of their day gaming. That is more than double what gamers spend in 2012 when the average gaming time was one hour and 30 minutes.
The Success of Pioneer Games
One of the earliest mobile games was the Snake game. Almost every Nokia cellphone launched before 2005 had it. Players used the arrow keys on their phones to direct a small snake around a bordered plane. The snake would also eat box-shaped or circular objects and increase in length the more it ate.
But as it grew longer the snake’s speed moving around the place also increased. Although the game was not advanced, it pioneered an industry that dominates the smartphone business to date. Its economic success around cellphone users inspired thousands of game developers around the world. Additionally, the free to play model also created a new system where developers didn’t have to sell their games to make money.
People always have their Smartphones
Let's face it. The number of smartphone users keeps on rising. Wherever you go, people have smartphones. Even in developing countries where family incomes are minimal, most people have a smartphone. In 2016, it was estimated that 62.9% of the Earth's population had a smartphone. Around 40% of mobile phone users own smartphones and carry them almost everywhere they go.
The two billion smartphone users in the world obviously don't use the phones to socialize all the time. A good number of them have fun with mobile games. In fact, almost every smartphone user admits to playing a mobile game at some point in their lives.
The distribution of mobile games varies from one demographic to another. Some games are popular in the Asia-Pacific region while others are overwhelmingly popular in the US. A few games have taken the world by storm, succeeding in almost every country. Candy Crush Saga and Angry Birds are Prime examples of games with near ubiquitous statuses.
The Popularity of Online Gaming
The online gaming industry hasn't stopped growing since it was launched. As of 2013, 72% of US mobile gamers only played online. More than half the players enjoyed free to play games, with only a small percentage paying to play mobile games.
Playing games online provide players with a unique form of entertainment. They get thrilled by playing the games they love and also have fun competing against other humans. Unlike several years when gamers had to meet up to compete, online gaming has made it possible to play against players from all parts of the world.
Mobile game developers took a bit long to introduce online multiplayer features. But it has finally happened. Small developers and legacy companies alike have enabled multiplayer features in all their mobile games. From games like FIFA to Fortnite, you can play your favorite games with your friends without getting out your console.
Mobile Casino Growth
The rise of mobile casinos with opportunities to make money is a huge reason for the rise of the online gaming industry. Nearly all casino games are played online and members don’t pay anything to join the platforms.
If anything, the new trend in the online casino industry is to provide no deposit bonus to new players as a welcome gesture. Once registered, you are able to play a variety of games for free. Afterward, you have the choice to wager bets and see your money grow.
Alternatively, you can also choose free to play casino games. There are hundreds of them on play stores. Simply search the types of games you love and find apps that allow you to play those games free of charge. You can find blackjack apps, puzzle apps, slots and other types of games in free to play apps on iTunes and Google Play Store.
The Growth of Technology
There is a direct correlation between the rise of technology and the growth of online games. Ever since the gaming industry was launched, mobile games have been as good as the technologies used. In the 1990s, computer games were simplistic in graphics and had relatively inferior game plays.
These days, developers are launching highly sophisticated games that also save on memory space. Artificial Intelligence has revolutionized the industry, helping developers make games that can simulate real-life situations.
While technology is a broad industry, it has impacted the industry in almost all ways. From the explosion of mobile apps to the rise of virtual reality, developers are working hard to make games as interesting as possible.
Traditional video games aren't the only genre influenced by technology. The casino industry has benefited from technology every bit like the video game sector. The modern slot game looks nothing like the classics. The graphics are highly advanced. The music and soundtracks are next-level and the creativity amongst developers is miles ahead of what it used to be.
The Mainstream Love for Apps
If you ask many people what makes their smartphones addictive, chances are they will mention the many apps on their phones. While a lot of smartphone owners occasionally use mobile browsers to surf the Internet, they spend a great deal of their time on apps.
Whether it’s their music and film apps or book-reading apps, the mainstream growth of mobile apps also helped the mobile gaming industry grow. If all apps were seen as buggy and user-unfriendly, the mobile gaming industry would be doomed.
Mobile gaming has come a long way to its current status. From a time when there was only one popular game app (the snake game), there are thousands of games on popular play stores. Technology, economic success and the growth of mobile phone use have all helped steer the industry forward.