There is set to be a huge shift expected in 2015 in the gaming industry. For the first time, mobile gaming is expected to outperform console gaming since the inception of the smartphone, tablets and other mobile devices.
The mobile gaming industry continues to thrive in the “free-to-play” niche that has served it so well in regards to casual gaming. Consumers are now utilizing this method of play on the go while engaging in commutes, walks, or even while relaxing at home. The industry also posted a huge increase in global revenue in 2014 where it went from $21 billion in 2013 to $25 billion last year, according to gaming research portal Newzoo.
The research company also touched on the fact that the mobile market isn’t just performing well in the Western market. It’s also showing increases in revenues in North America, Africa, and Western Europe. However, Southeast Asia is experiencing the biggest growth with the mobile market up 86% as reported by Fortune.
These figure are in correlation with the increase in mobile Internet connectivity that industry specialists Gaming Realms say is up to an all time high 17% globally. Gaming Realms, who produced online portal CastleJackpot also said “that mobile Internet is by one of the most influential trends,” online and is having a positive influence on the amount of mobile gamers, today.
Also, the design of superior cutting-edge smartphones and tablets has meant that these sorts of devices have become more desirable in the flourishing mobile market. With the option of being able to “play anytime, anywhere,” becoming more desirable to the modern consumer this has dramatically affected console sales. It’s this “bite-size mobile advantage” that Polygon say is the determining factor that is causing many to shift from consoles to mobile as well as its affordability.
Company executives of the biggest console companies around the world are having a tough job clawing back the market share that they have lost to mobile gaming. And whether they can regain their standing in today’s market we will have to wait and see. For now, many are just seeking longevity and trying to exist alongside the prevailing mobile gaming craze that is gripping the world.