When you hear about mobile gaming a little over a decade ago, you would think about a pixelated game of Tetris or Snake. But thanks to multiple technological advancements in recent years–including the development of smartphones and app stores–the mobile gaming industry has exploded into a worldwide phenomenon.
Although the traditional PC and console gaming worlds are still as prosperous as ever, mobile games are actually generating double of its older counterparts. This only shows how popular it has become. Now that more and more tech innovations are being introduced, it’s unclear what’s next for the mobile gaming realm.
It has already reached such a high level of popularity but will this trend continue in the years to come?
Billion-Dollar Industry by 2025
According to a recent report by GlobalData, mobile gaming is foreseen to be a $300 billion industry by the year 2025. It seems that this rising trend has no signs of stopping, considering the growth of mobile games and innovative offerings (i.e. cloud gaming and VR gaming).
This is not much of a surprise, given that the video game market has raked in a total of $131 billion in 2018. It had successfully outpaced the revenue generated by PC and console games.
Streaming games–also known as cloud gaming–is expected to experience more growth down the road. Sony announced that PlayStation Now, its game streaming subscription arm, increased in popularity. This has led to more revenue for the tech giant in the previous year.
Other major companies like Microsoft have also begun creating their own platforms for cloud gaming.
Pokémon Rumble Rush and League of Legends
The Pokémon franchise recently surprised fans with the release of a new smartphone game called Pokémon Rumble Rush. First announced in 2017, the game is now on the Australian Google Play Store. An information page for the title confirmed that it will be available for both Android and iOS. It was developed by Ambrella, the same name behind four other Pokémon Rumble games released in the past.
Another game that brought excitement to many mobile gamers this month is the future mobile release of League of Legends (LoL). Well-known developer Riot is believed to be working with Tencent to make a mobile version of the mega-popular MOBA. Unfortunately for fans, the game will not be out until 2020.
Will Mobile Games Continue to Dominate in the Future?
We live in an age where technology is ever-changing. With so many innovations being introduced to us, no one really knows for sure where the gaming industry will be in the coming decades. Judging by the current situation in the mobile game industry, it’s easy to say that its dominance will continue.
Hardcore gamers will obviously say PCs and consoles will always reign supreme. While mobile games can never replace the traditional platforms, they provide a great alternative for gamers on-the-go. Those three platforms will surely continue to co-exist as long as there is a need to satisfy.