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We’ve certainly come a long way since the days when the most exciting mobile game we had access to was Snake (don’t knock it, though, it’s a classic). Back in 1994, the very first mobile game ever was released on the Hagenuk MT 2000 phone: a stylized version of Tetris. It didn’t take Nokia long to follow this up with good old Snake on their 6110 in 1997. Nokia can also claim to have created the first-ever multiplayer mobile gaming experience with a two-person version of Snake that also came out with their 6110. Two Nokia 6110 users could duke it out to win the game using the phone’s infrared port. Not wanting to let anyone else get a foothold into the world of mobile gaming on their watch, Nokia also created the first dedicated mobile gaming phone in 2003: the Nokia N Gauge. The top-selling game on this device was a fishing simulator called Creatures of the Deep.
These days, mobile gaming is the gaming industry’s fastest-growing actor. I mean, who wouldn’t want to have easy access to a device that holds all of their favorite games, can communicate with their nearest and dearest, and play a podcast or song if they’re in the mood? Currently, around 1.8 billion people have downloaded at least one mobile game for their device; this is a number that will increase to about 2.2 billion people in the year 2025. These games travel across the world with you; they’re there when you can’t sleep or when you’re feeling bored.
It’s no surprise that mobile gaming has evolved as much as it has and continues to grow! Join us as we check out key evolutions and trends in mobile gaming for the year 2022 and beyond.
PC Quality Gaming on Mobile
The mobile gaming industry has risen to the challenge spectacularly, and dedicated gaming devices have evolved from clunky devices holding hardly any games to tiny monsters with enormous memories and graphical capabilities. The days of glitchy, pixelated graphics are over and have been for a long time; mobile gamers now expect PC quality graphics and experience when they’re playing on their phones. While it’s true, there’s currently a chip shortage. Chip developers have improved technology so vastly that if we aren’t quite at a PC quality experience just yet, we will be soon. An average 6-inch screen can now take on most of the challenges handled by full-sized monitors.
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In the last few years, the gaming industry has evolved to include many more ways for gamers to socially connect with their online friends and teammates than ever before. It’s proven that users are more interested in games with a social aspect, and the trend seems to be developing further. The mobile gaming industry needs to address the fact that games in which players communicate with teammates in-game have a higher chance of lagging as there’s more information for the device to deal with and relay. The mobile gaming industry is, as always, ready to roll with all player input. While we don’t have any specific information on particular device developments that will combat this issue, history has shown us that technology doesn’t take long to improve itself. If we look back over the developments that have taken place just in the last few years, we can be confident that this issue will be resolved before long. We might be looking at a future where mobile gambling device components are interchangeable in the same way as PC components.
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Genre Specific Monetization
Players are becoming in-app purchasers at an unprecedented rate, and the mobile gaming industry will take advantage of that. Since there are more people than ever playing mobile games, it makes sense that gamers’ spending is at an all-time high as well. Game studios use this information to their benefit and consider trends specific to certain genres when planning out their advertising. Primarily, the money is made in free-to-play games that offer in-app purchases because players feel that they’re getting a good deal, which they are! This method of monetizing content is a trend that will be with us for some time, with further user insights being collected and more psychology being applied to the marketing process in the future.
The more technological advances that humanity achieves, the more we can advance all industries that rely on technology, which is most of them when you get down to it! Science is usually a good two years ahead of what the public knows in terms of development, so just imagine what exciting developments are around the corner for mobile gaming!