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Mobile gaming to surpass consoles in revenue next year

Mobile games may be the rulers of the gaming industry in 2015.

According to market research firm, Newzoo, the mobile gaming industry may be exceptionally strong next year, as mobile games are expected to beat console games in revenue, hitting the $30.3 billion mark in 2015, an increase from the anticipated $25 billion in 2014.

There has been strong year-to-date growth in both mature and emerging markets for tablet and smartphone games.

Compared to the predictions of SuperData Research, the Amsterdam-based Newzoo has greater optimism when it comes to mobile games. Newzoo’s rival, SuperDatat Research, expects that mobile games will only reach $21.1 billion by the end of 2014. That being said it is anticipated that by 2017, games for mobile devices will hit $40 billion.

According to the newly revised 2014 Newzoo forecast, Western Europe’s mobile games market revenue is anticipated to grow 47%, while North America’s is anticipated to grow 51%. Of all the markets, Southeast Asia and China are predicted to be the fastest growing and will expand by 86%

Mobile Gaming vs. consolesNewzoo credits the high mobile growth rate to “organic growth” for boosting the market in general and “cannibalistic growth”, which comes at the cost of other segments. Spending for massively multiplayer online games and online PC games is moving toward tablets and smartphones, while social, casual and handheld console gaming have weakened.

Apple mobile gaming is doing better than Nintendo.

It also appears that the game revenues of Apple could actually be two times greater than Nintendo in 2014. The electronics giant is expected to produce $4 billion in revenue from mobile games sold in iTunes. Meanwhile, Google may generate game revenue totaling $3 billion this year. On the flip side of the coin, Nintendo’s revenues were $2.4 billion in 2013 and this number is predicted to drop in 2014.

Newzoo CEO Peter Warman commented that in the mature Western mobile gaming markets, the battle between Android and iOS is shifting its focus to tablets. Although the iPad gives iOS the advantage in general mobile game spending, the Android market is split across diverse devices and operating systems.

Mobile gaming on iOS 8 is likely to be superior to other devices

The latest operating system from Apple has been designed with better graphics performance.

On Tuesday, September 9, Apple unveiled its new iPhone models – the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus – both of which feature larger screen displays compared to its predecessors, a processor with greater power and the iOS 8 operating system that is equipped with increased graphical performance, which is good news for mobile gamers, game developers and the mobile gaming industry as a whole.

iOS 8 features Metal, which should be a help to game developers.

The iOS 8 new graphics engine is called Metal and, because of its high-end graphics capabilities, the company says games will look even better on its new operating system. Since both of the new iPhones have bigger screens (4.7 inches for the iPhone 6 and 5.5 inches for the iPhone 6 Plus) and improved hardware, the mobile gaming experience is anticipated to be an upgrade compared to other devices.

According to Apple, “Metal enables incredibly high performance for sophisticated graphics rendering and computational tasks.” The company further explained that “Metal eliminates many performance bottlenecks that are found in traditional graphics APIs,” and that “Metal offers a streamlined API, a unified graphics and compute shading language, and Xcode-based tools.”

Mobile Gaming - AppleApple has said that when coding, the operating system enables developers to get “closer to the metal”. For gaming, Apple’s Spritekit and Scenekit framework promises improved 2D and 3D rendering and greater battery power efficiency. Graphics engine developers, such as Crytek and Epic, helped to develop Metal.

During the event’s mobile gaming segment, Apple showed off one of the first MOBA for mobile devices.

Called VainGlory, the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game developed by Super Evil Megacorp was created using Metal and will be exclusively launched for the new iPhone 6 models and iPad.

In addition, it has been confirmed that major publishers like EA, Gameloft, Square Enix, Disney, and Rovio will be developing games for iOS 8. However, it is not yet known if these games will be completely new games or if they will be upgraded versions of games that already exist. Also, Mobile gaming developers currently working on creating new titles for the Apple devices include Vector Unity, CD Projekt Red, Super Evil Megacorp and NaturalMotion Games.