Why Mobile Gaming is Shaping up for Success
There is no doubt that online gaming is growing at a phenomenal rate and, for many reasons, will probably continue to do so for some time to come.
11:28 20 October 2020
One of the principal drivers in the success of mobile gaming is the growth of the internet and its ever-increasing speeds. The number of people now connected to the internet in both developed and emerging markets has grown significantly in recent years. And with 5G we can expect even-faster data delivery. One of the reasons why players abandon online games is slow speed, so 5G will help to overcome that, leaving players to continue their games. It will also allow the latest online casinos and gaming companies to introduce more innovative and immersive games on mobile devices.
Another reason for growth and success in the gaming industry as a whole is increasing acceptance both legally and culturally by countries, governments and the general public. A few years ago, many content delivery network providers (that carry web traffic) would not accept online gambling or gaming traffic but, as the industry became more regulated and therefore more popular, these providers started to accept internet traffic from the gaming community.
The technology explosion
Of course, new technology has played its part and shows evidence of not only changing the experience for players but ensuring their safety and security online as well.
Artificial intelligence is now used by both bricks-and-mortar casinos as well as mobile gaming providers. AI helps providers to spot scams and fraud but also, in the case of online gambling, helps to spot potential gambling addiction, enabling the provider to suspend the account.
The increasing use of virtual reality in gaming is offering players better graphics and a more immersive experience which is perfect for younger players who have grown up with 3D graphics and mobile devices. And of course, combined with the fast speed of 5G means that gaming can take place anytime and anywhere.
At the same time, developing a mobile game has become relatively fast and low cost. Just take a look at the numbers on offer in the app stores and, of course, with such a wide variety, there really is something for everyone - from digital versions of our favourite board games to free and paid casino games for the excitement of a potential win. These days we can find action-packed, adrenaline-fuelled games or more sedate puzzles and word challenges.
Blockchain technology is another driver of online gaming as it provides secure payment options for those all-important in-game assets. It is also an excellent way for gamers to remain anonymous when betting or participating in online competitions.
Reduced social interaction
Of course, the recent pandemic has been another accidental driver of the growth in mobile gaming. With lockdowns and restricted opportunities for face-to-face socialisation, many people have had to find their own entertainment. And, what better way than indulging in online gaming or perhaps even participating in one of the many online tournaments with cash prizes to be won?
Mobile gaming is here to stay. With unemployment being a potential fall-out from the pandemic, many people will be looking for alternative ways to boost their income and, of course, online gaming or gambling is one way to do this. With a combination of wider acceptance within the industry and improved technology, we can certainly expect continued growth in mobile gaming for the foreseeable future.