Mobile devices: increasingly popular gaming platforms
Game consoles and PCs are still used in large numbers to play video games. But the increasing popularity of smart phones and other mobile devices has created an entirely new market for game developers.
About a decade ago, video games were mainly played either on game consoles or computers. Sure, games for mobile phones exist, but they tend to be quite simple, like Pac Man or Solitaire. But now that smart phones are being used by increasing numbers of people, video game developers are setting their sights on this new market. In fact, iPhone Game Development is rapidly increasing. But the iPhone isn’t the only platform that is being targeted by gaming companies. Android Game Development has also increased.
Mobile gaming – Statistics & Facts
There are many reasons behind this latest trend. In order to understand it, we need to consider the fact that smart phones are basically computers, albeit with different platforms and form factors than “traditional” desktops or PC laptops. As such, they have far greater processing power, memory and displays than cellphones produced 10 years ago.
There is also an increase in the use of Mobile Internet which has played a major role in increasing the development of games for mobile devices. Internet connectivity makes the game more functional and interesting. Players can work together, or compete with other players through the internet. Games that can be played through a mobile browser application also present several advantages for video game developers. They can add new content, put in new levels and quests, and fix problems with the game without requiring users to download updates or to install new versions of the game.
Mobile gaming cements its dominance
It is not only video game developers that are cashing in on this new trend. Companies that provide services that can be used by those who make games are also happy with the increase in business. Graphic design companies that provide game art services often get projects assigned to them by game developers who need graphics that are done for their game or website. Online marketing companies also help by developing marketing strategies for new games and help attract more users to it.
This market attracts various companies from all over the world. Some small companies have started making mobile games the only focus of their business. We even have individuals who are amateur game designers who participate in iPhone game development or Android game development by creating some fun games just for that challenge, without needing to think about how much money they can take from their efforts. All of this gives consumers many choices because now there are tens of thousands of video games that are played on the Mobile platform and there are certainly many more to come soon.