Mobile gaming has traditionally been dominated by free-to-play games such as Clash of Clans. Max Slater-Robins / BI Mobile game sales have become a huge portion of the video game industry and are set to become even bigger, Baird Equity Research's Colin Sebastian said in a new report. Some of the biggest publishers in the industry, including Electronic Arts and Activision, are starting to focus more seriously on mobile games. Much of the industry's potential is due to the fact that there are lots more mobile devices in use than PCs or game consoles. Mobile games already comprise a huge portion of the overall game business, and are growing steadily, Colin Sebastian, a financial analyst with Baird Equity Research, said in a new report. Some of the largest publishers are starting to bring some of their best-known games to mobile devices. And publishers are likely to get people playing longer and spending more money by incorporating features such as location tracking, augmented … [Read more...] about Mobile gaming is now a $49 billion industry — and publishers are starting to take smartphones as seriously as Xbox or PlayStation
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It is hard enough for a game to become a hit in the App Store or Google Play these days; it’s harder still to maintain that success. With today’s steep competition, it’s more challenging than ever for players to find your new game – and those developers lucky enough to survive learn that success doesn’t get any easier after the game’s first year. The good news is that the blueprint for success in a game’s sophomore year already exists. It comes from companies like Supercell, Zynga, Miniclip, Kiloo, and others (even if their playbook doesn’t work 100 percent of the time). This playbook involves a different set of strategies than what worked for a game in year one, and sometimes, you need an entirely different approach. The developer’s focus must shift from growth to retention and engagement — one that changes the way a company allocates budget, invests in technology, and even structures its org chart. These are not … [Read more...] about 5 ways mobile games can avoid a sophomore slump
Every game needs a publisher, whether you do it yourself or hire another company for that role. Publishing is a skilled task, a necessary step for any game to find success. But what criteria determine whether a developer needs an external publishing partner (someone to finance, market, and distribute their game), or not? It has never been easier to self-publish via the App Store or Google Play, but uploading your app is just the beginning. What about the marketing and PR savvy, media contacts, social media skills, and customer response utility needed to acquire and retain thousands (or millions) of users globally with proper localisation? Analysis shows most of the top 50 free games on iOS use publishers. Sure, there are Cinderella stories from self-publishing mobile developers (Geometry Dash, Alto’s Adventure, and the stylish Tiny Wings are noteworthy) but are these exceptional anomalies, or could self-publishing actually be the best route to market for some developers? If you … [Read more...] about Does mobile gaming still need publishers?
Thinking about buying a tablet for high-performance gaming? You've come to the right place, as this article discusses the top 5 tablets for mobile gaming fans.Before diving into our picks, it's best if we mention the elements that matter the most when it comes to gaming tablets. Probably the most important element is the app selection, as there's really no point in buying a gaming tablet that lacks a wide selection of games. Second, performance is a critical factor, as lags and stutters just won't cut it on a gaming tablet. Also very important are the quality of the display, since this is what matters towards an immersive experience. Last but not least, gaming tablets should be as compact as possible.Performance is quite expensive in the tablet market, so don't expect any of the best gaming tablets to be affordable.Apple iPad Air 2 Apple iPad Air 2 Apple iPad Air 2 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. … [Read more...] about Top 5 tablets for high-performance mobile gaming
If you're a hardcore mobile gamer, then you probably know that there are bunch of heavy-duty games that you can play on both Android and iOS. Here at Phone Arena, we've already rounded up about the best fighting games, the best FPS games, and so on. This time around, however, we attempted to bring a smile on your face. As such, we've compiled a list of the top 5 funniest games for Android and iOS.If need be mentioned, these are not games that will appeal to hardcore gamers. Instead, these Android and iOS games are lightweight titles with funny ideas, a perfect recipe if you're bored of all the serious games available in the app stores.Tofu HunterTofu Hunter is a hunting game that makes fun of vegetarians. What we mean by this is that unlike with other hunting games where players have to take down virtual versions of real-world animals, Tofu Hunter has you hunting tofu-made animals. Tofu Hunter may be a funny game, but the developers from Adult Swim have built it up to par … [Read more...] about Check out these 5 weird and funny mobile games for iOS and Android