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Konami clarifies its interest in mobile games

Mobile gaming will become a significant focus for Konami

Acclaimed Japanese game developer Konami recently announced that it will be focusing more heavily on mobile games. This announcement had sent ripples through the game industry, with long-time fans of Konami criticizing the company for its shifting focus. Recently, the developer apologized for its seemingly exclusive devotion to mobile games, clarifying that it will not be giving up on producing games for consoles and PC. Konami has also revealed some of its plans concerning mobile gaming in order to provide consumers with more information on the subject.

Developer believes that mobile games can be a powerful revenue stream

The developer has been racing to catch up with others that have begun to focus on mobile games. According to Konami president Hideki Hayakawa, the developer shifted toward mobile gaming several years ago. The company sees great promise in this sector, as consumers have shown that they are eager to spend money in games for exclusive content, power-ups, and other bonuses. Konami has yet to settle on a monetization model for its future mobile games, but intends to make these games a constant revenue stream rather than a product that can only be sold once.

Game industry is becoming more mobile

Konami - Mobile GamesMobile games have become a very powerful aspect of the game industry. Consumers have shown aggressive interest in these games, largely due to how convenient they are. These games can be played anywhere and at any time, and most do not require an Internet connection to play. Games with purchasable content have become a significant revenue stream for some developers. While some gamers disapprove of what they call microtransactions — in-game purchases — many consumers have shown that they are willing to pay for additional content, whatever it may be.

Konami will not abandon consoles and PC

Konami’s growing focus on mobile games will not eclipse its devotion to more traditional games, such as those developed for consoles and PCs. The company will continue to develop the games it has become famous for, but the mobile sector is becoming too important to ignore. As such, mobile games have become a significant part of the company’s future.

Konami believes that mobile games are the future

Prominent game developer sees the future of gaming migrating toward the mobile space

Japanese game developer Konami believes that mobile gaming is the future. Mobile gaming has become a very powerful force in the game industry. According to a report from games marketing platform AppLift, the mobile gaming market is expected to reach $23.9 billion in 2016, growing exponentially in the years thereafter. Several large developers are beginning to take more interest in the mobile space because of the promise that the market shows.

Konami to pursue mobile gaming aggressively

Konami CEO Hideki Hayakawa has announced a new direction for the company, noting that Konami will aggressively pursue the development of mobile games. Hayakawa claims that mobile will become the developer’s main platform, adopting a “pay-as-you-play” model that has become common in this sector. Konami has seen that even people that purchase physical copies of games are inclined to purchase additional content, usually through in-game transactions.

In-game transactions make mobile games an attractive platform for developers

Mobile Games - KonamiThe developer is citing the popularity of games such as Power pro and Winning Eleven as the examples of the promise of mobile gaming. These games have in-game transactions that provide players with additional content that make them more attractive to players. Purchasing additional content through in-game transactions, often referred to as “microtransactions,” is not a popular business practice among gamers, though many people purchase additional content willingly. Some suggest that such models are simply opportunistic ways for developers to generate more revenue.

Mobile gaming may be the way to get more people involved in games

Konami believes that there is no longer a reason to divide the gaming market into several categories. For many years, the market has been separated by categories, such as console, PC, and mobile gaming. Konami has no intention of perpetuating this division, however, believing that mobile games are the way to get more people involved in gaming as a whole. As such, Konami will be committing more focus to the development of mobile games in the future.