“Smartphone” by kaboompics is licensed under CC by 2.0
Once upon a time the mobile phone was a relatively bulky instrument one used to lug around in order to keep in touch with near and dear ones. Next came the era of sleek and compact phones which had a host of new features – short-message-services, music players and eventually a good quality camera. And now, when carrying a mobile phone in your pocket means you are veritably connected to the world through an internet connection and a computer, how can mobile gaming be far behind?
The gaming market as a whole is estimated to be worth approximately $99 billion today, with mobile games accounting for a major chunk with $36 billion. No doubt the smartphone has evolved from a basic entertainment tool to an advanced gaming platform. What’s more, surprisingly enough, a whopping 43 per cent mobile gamers are – hold your breath – parents! This was concluded through Facebook data collected and analyzed from 12 different countries.
Move over the erstwhile Nintendo Entertainment Systems and even the PlayStation devices; if the growing trend is anything to go by, one should be playing the mobile games based on popular series like The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones. And of course, there is always the ubiquitous Pokemon Go for when you’re on the go.
Need more game ideas, parents? Ask your kids; they still comprise the majority when it comes to mobile gamers.