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Mobile games landscape set to shift in the US

Federal law takes aim at mobile games

The mobile games space in the U.S. is slated for major changes at the beginning of next month. On July 1, 2013, the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) goes into effect. Through the law, the Federal Trade Commission will work to limit the risks that children are exposed to through mobile games and similar media platforms. One of the provisions of the law requires that all mobile developers acquire new privacy certifications from the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).

Developers pushed to take privacy more seriously

The ESRB’s Privacy Certified program has long existed to account for the privacy risks that are associated with certain forms of online media. The program exists primarily as a way to help app developers comply with COPPA’s stringent regulations. The program has been expanded to better serve the needs of developers of mobile games. The program offers security and privacy analysis for developers and offers them will a variety of solutions that could help them comply with federal law.

mobile games - privacy concerns Mobile games continue to raise privacy concerns

Mobile games have been gaining a significant amount of political attention in the U.S. due to the privacy concerns that have been raised concerning children. Mobile games are quite popular among young people, but these games do little to inform players that their personal information is being collected. Much of the issue lies in the fact that many mobile games do not even ask for approval to collect such information, which is then aggressively used for marketing and other such purposes.

Privacy is becoming a major issue in the US

Privacy has become a major issue in the U.S. and more industries are falling under harsh scrutiny when it comes to consumer information. Mobile games are not exempt from this, as they have long been the target of criticism when it comes to the issue of privacy and the wonton collection of data. Developers that wish to continue producing mobile games must soon take steps to comply with COPPA lest they find the U.S. market significantly more hostile in the immediate future.

Mobile games played by more than half of US consumers

Mobile games popular amoung U.S. consumersMobile games continue to grow in popularity

Mobile devices have become inseparable from society. Many people have some kind of mobile device to which they devote a significant amount of their time. Smart devices, such as smartphones and tablets, are the most popular variety, because they can be used for much more than simple communication. In terms of entertainment, mobile games are, perhaps, the most popular option. CouponCabin.com has released the results of a new survey concerning mobile games and the people that play them. The survey’s results suggest that these games are anything but a niche market, as they appeal to a wide variety of people, even those that would be averse to “geek culture.”

Survey shows that 51% of mobile device owners play games

According to the survey, 51% of mobile device owners play mobile games. Harris Interactive, a leading market research firm, conducted the survey and suggests that mobile games have become one of the most popular pastimes for consumers. These games have certainly proven very successful for the game industry and have a certain appeal to traditional gamers. Notably, however, these games appeal strongly to those that would not typically consider themselves game enthusiasts.

Consumers willing to spend their time and money on mobile games

The survey shows that approximately 11% of consumers play mobile games more than once every day, while another 21% claims to play these games at least once daily. The majority of consumers play mobile games once a week. Consumers are not just playing mobile games, of course, they are also spending money on these games. The survey shows that 61% of consumers have spent between $1 and $10 on downloading mobile games. The survey does not factor in-app purchases, which are very common in the gaming space.

Game industry quickly becoming more mobile

Mobile games are quickly becoming one of the primary forms of entertainment for consumers, especially those that have limited experience with conventional gaming. The game industry has been responding to this trend in an aggressive fashion, with several companies that have long been focused solely on console gaming beginning to make an entry into the mobile space.