Since we played snake on Nokia feature phone long ago in 1997, a lot has changed in mobile gaming industry. People who never played any games until now are now acquainted with games such as Angry Birds and Candy Crush Saga. Not only mobiles became smarter but the games also evolved a lot with changing mobile technology. Today’s mobile games are crisper and are designed with great production value and quality. Developers are dedicated on giving hardcore gaming experience to mobile users and doing everything they can to keep their fan following base intact. A lot is still going to change this year in the gaming industry. Let us take a look at the possible predictions and changes that will happen in 2014.
Predictions about Gaming Industry in 2014
- Small Developers Will Have to Depend on Publishers: Android has revolutionized the entire mobile application and gaming market. Already gaming market is much competitive and this year it is predicted that it will be even more aggressive. Therefore, small time game developers will have to heavily depend on publishers for releasing their games.
- Connecting Television to Mobile: It is assumed that Apple will come out with a functionality to connect your Mac device to television so gaming in a big way on television screen will be the expected future of mobile gaming. Recently Apple Acquired PrimeSense, this was the company that helped Microsoft to develop Xbox Kinect.
- Fresh Ad Formats Will Be served in Games: Large players in the gaming industry lie EA and SEGA are testing new ad formats for their flagship games as they intend to take advantage of free-to-play platform. Looking at the phenomenon small gaming companies have to push their boundaries for competing with this giants and taking what is left of mobile advertising.
- Console Games and Mobile Games will be same: With the recent trends in gaming industry and keeping up with the mobile gaming market, more and more console game companies are going to enter the freemium-based gaming business. This will ensure console quality games on mobile devices eventually blurring lines between the console and mobile games.
- There will not be Major IPOs: Rumors are heard that many small time and big mobile gaming companies are going public this year. However, learning from what happened to gaming companies that went public in 2012 and 2013, it is assumed that not many gaming companies will dare to go public.
- Two is a Company: Companion applications is the latest trend in mobile industry, although these applications are complementary they are designed to feature ads and option in the primary applications. Recently Microsoft as well Sony released companion applications for Ps4 and Xbox One allowing consumers to connect to consoles but remotely manage the downloads. Additionally consumers have an option to use their Smartphone as second screen for console games especially for RPG and racing games for showing maps and more. This next generation experience will be tried and tested by many gaming companies on mobile technology.