For most people, the most essential device that they have with them 24/7 is their mobile. It makes a lot of sense – with this pocket-sized device you can do pretty much everything to run your life – pay bills, send emails, surf the internet, manage your diary. You might even use it to make a call now and then!
But for many mobile phone owners, there’s one activity that is really beginning to dominate – and that’s gaming. With the developments of better screens and more powerful processors, mobile gaming really has taken off in recent years. It’s logical that we’ll begin to use the phone as our main gaming device – most people only have time to do gaming on an incidental basis, and it’s much easier to pull your phone out of your coat or bag than to turn on the PC, or start up the console to play.
According to the video game research firm, Newzoo, there has been a 40% increase in the time spent on mobile gaming in the last two years. And another report by the NPD Group (an industry intelligence group) showed mobile gaming time had increased to 3 hours a day in 2014 compared with 2 hours and 20 minutes in 2012.
Part of the reason that we all enjoy playing on our mobiles is the vast variety of gaming that’s available on them. We can switch from real money gambling games like bingo from sites such as 32red bingo, Sky Bingo or Tidy Bingo to puzzler games such as Monument Valley through to action games like Grand Theft Auto City Vice, just with a couple of taps on our mobile screens to move from one kind of game to another.
The variety of games accounts for the widening in the demographics of mobile gamers. According to the Entertainment Software Association, there was a 32% increase in the number of female gamers in the over 50 age group from 2012 to 2013. While it’s unlikely that those women are all playing console games, it’s much more probable that they are playing games like bingo or Candy Crush. And if you haven’t yet tried any of the mobile games at 32redbingo.com play today! It only takes minutes to sign up and register an account, and you can use the same login to access your account online or on a mobile.
Of course, there are also plenty of children playing on mobiles or tablets these days, and according to the NPD Group, that’s where a lot of the increased mobile games revenues are coming from. Kids in the 2-12 age range are the second biggest spenders (or their parents are) on premium mobile gamers and in-app purchases. The biggest spending group is the 25-44 year old range, as you might expect.
Newzoo has forecast that mobile gaming revenues will exceed console gaming revenues for the first time this year, with mobile revenues predicted to reach $30.3 billion alongside console revenues of $26.4 billion. However, the same report suggested that this didn’t mean the end of console gaming was nigh, more that spending is gradually going to even out across the different gaming platforms.
One thing is certain; the future of mobile gaming is definitely still looking bright.
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