Mobile Gaming Trends – What to Expect in the Coming Months

Asia-Pacific is the largest regional market for mobile gaming worldwide, and according to Global Industry Analysts Inc., the region is forecast to emerge as the fastest growing market with a compound annual growth rate of 20.4%. It should come as no surprise then that the region leads the way when it comes to mobile gaming trends. With next generation smartphones around the corner such as the iPhone 7, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, along with virtual and augmented reality headsets, mobile gaming is set for big changes.

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With the ability to synergise between different pieces of technology, there is an increasing demand for free-to-play cross-platform games. Pokémon Go is a prime example of one such game, as players can use their mobile or tablet to search the map, and they can also use augmented reality headsets to visualise the collectible monsters in the real world. Unfortunately, AR glasses such as the R-7 smartglasses from Osterhout Design Group that can be used with the app are currently priced at $2750 US (£2068 at the time of writing), according to Peter Kafka at Recode, so at present most players are just enjoying the experience from their mobile.

Although AR glasses are yet to become a mainstream essential, Pokémon Go has shown that players can get a taste of AR on their mobile screens, and there will be many more similar games to follow. There is currently a massive petition gathering momentum for Harry Potter to get representation in a Pokémon Go style app. These types of games could help wearable AR devices take-off in the near future.

Casino software developers have also begun to enhance their offerings for mobile. Microgaming, the company that provides slots for numerous online casinos including Betway, has started designing games that can be played across desktop, VR, and mobile. The company supports online and download for mobile, and their games are available in multiple languages with detailed activity statements so players can review their games and spends.

Microgaming produces high quality slot games to suit everybody’s tastes, with themes based on popular films such as Terminator 2 and Bridesmaids. Slot games have become well suited to mobile, as the pick-up-and-play nature of them is similar to a number of other popular mobile apps such as Angry Birds and Doodle Jump. With virtual and augmented reality devices around the corner, casino games like these need to keep freshening their appeal to maintain audience interest.

Recent research from Facebook IQ has discovered some other factors that will influence how developers create games now and moving into the future. The studies found that social gaming is on the increase, with players more likely to stay in-game for social connections, more likely to pay for additional things if they can beat their friends and more likely to play for a sense of community and belonging.

Pokemon Go has managed to create this sense of community among Pokémon trainers, and Facebook has now started to include a number of games that can be activated in the chat window by clicking on certain emojis such as the basketball. Some online casinos have also introduced chat features so players can socialise with other users.

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Many thought that the release of VR and AR would lead to decreasing popularity in mobile gaming, but the early signs suggest that the new technology will be most effective when used alongside mobile. In the coming months, expect to see many more mobile games incorporating AR, and a rise in the sociability aspects of these games.

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