The mobile gaming industry is a real behemoth and it’s growing at a rapid pace. The new gaming boom report published by industry analytics firm Newzoo put its revenue estimates for the mobile industry at $116 billion which represents 43% of the of the global gaming market. That’s not all, though, as the firm also expects the industry to rake in a massive $143.5 billion in 2020.
With so much money on the line, it makes it all the more important for developers to keep track of what the latest mobile gaming trends are. What will consumers be looking for? What features will players expect their new mobile games to include? Below, we’ve answered these questions and more, giving you an idea of what to expect from mobile gaming in 2019 and beyond.
2018 has been a big year for PC and console video games becoming available on mobile devices. This includes games such as Epic Games multiplayer shooter Fortnite Battle Royale, which has surpassed 100 million downloads and has made millions of dollars in revenue. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, another battle royale title, has also made waves on Android and iOS.
As more powerful phones offer higher capabilities, players will want the games that they play to take advantage of that. Don’t just expect straight ports, though, as cloud-streaming platforms are being worked on by Microsoft, Google and EA, suggesting that even phones with lower specs could be streaming console-quality games in the near future.
Online Casino Games
One of the biggest selling points of mobile gaming as a whole is that you can take experiences that you enjoy on computers and consoles on the go. Players don’t want to compromise in quality or scope. That why more online casino games are launching their own apps, letting players enjoy the same slots and card games while they’re out and about. Apps are able to provide hundreds of games from multiple providers including Microgaming, NetEnt and more; the same variety in a smaller package.
We also expect these casino apps to expand as online casinos grow in general. Live casinos, for example, feature live dealers who interact with players as the game plays out. Again, players will want their apps to include all available features so perhaps an update for these apps will be pushed live in 2019.
In 2018, one trend that was expected to emerge is that of mobile esports. Competitive gaming in which players battle against one another for fame, glory, and prize money is already a big deal on PC and consoles and critics say that it will take off on mobile devices too.
We haven’t quite seen that yet, but mobile esports is still poised for success. The availability of those console-quality games will help to unify the esports scene and allow professionals to breakthrough no matter what platform they prefer to play on. So when it comes to mobile esports, watch this space.
These are just a few trends for 2019, but who knows which trends will make waves after that? Maybe we’ll see all new genres or gameplay features that no one expected! We’re excited to find out.