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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.

Docomo sends mobile games to China

China Mobile Games PartnershipDocomo teams with China Mobile to bring mobile games to Chinese consumers

NTT Docomo, one of the largest mobile operators in the world and the largest operator in Japan, has signed an agreement with China Mobile, a developer of mobile games. Through this agreement, Docomo will offer a localized version of its “d game” platform to the Chinese market. The platform is expected to make mobile games more available to consumers throughout the country. This is the first time that the d game platform is being used outside of Japan.

Docomo sees major promise in the mobile sector

Japan is one of the most active mobile markets in the world. Consumers throughout the country have access to and own mobile devices of various types. Many of these people use their devices to play mobile games. China boasts of a large consumer base that is interested in mobile gaming as well, a fact that has not been ignored by Docomo. Mobile games currently represent one of the most lucrative sectors of the game industry as a whole, encouraging companies like Docomo to expand their reach in the gaming as much as they can.

China Mobile to leverage the d game platform

China Mobile boasts of 700 million subscribers, all of whom will be exposed to Docomo’s d game platform in the coming weeks. Initially, 20 mobile games will be available on the platform for Chinese consumers. More games will be introduced to the platform over time, as more titles are localized. Non-game content can be found through the platform as well, some of which comes from well known Japanese game publishers Capcom, Konami, and Square Enix.

China Mobile and Docomo team to promote NFC technology

This is not the first time Docomo and China Mobile have joined forces. In February of this year, the two companies joined forces to launch an international NFC service. The service allows NFC readers developed by both companies to be sold by each company in their given market. The deal was meant to promote social interaction among gamers, as well as promote mobile commerce and information distribution in both China and Japan.