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Mobile games are outspending consoles on national television advertising

Small publishers are forking over huge amounts of money to make sure their products are seen.

Although the console gaming is known for the massive budgets it has for advertising its products on television, the latest trend has actually been for smaller publishers of mobile games to put together some considerable TV campaigns.

In fact, those smaller game companies are outspending their console counterparts at an incredible rate.

Recent statistics released by iSpot.tv have shown that among the top five video category advertising spenders on television, four are within the mobile games space. Together, those companies spent more than $130 million in the first quarter of this year. The top three were King, Machine Zone, and Supercell and their spending made up 30 percent of the entire video games category ad spend on television.

This spending on advertising for mobile games on TV outpaces that of the established console giants.

TV Advertising - Mobile GamesIn fact, those smaller mobile gaming companies didn’t just spend more than Nintendo, PlayStation and Xbox, but they also spent a larger amount than the game manufacturers for those consoles, including Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, and 2K.

Speculation in the industry has suggested that the reason for this trend is due to the shifts occurring within the video game industry as a whole. In 2014, console manufacturers had still been holding the lead position in terms of spending within the video game category. The reason was that Microsoft and Sony were trying to give an explosive launch to their new generation devices (Xbox One and PlayStation 4). The combined spending of those two companies made up 36 percent of the entire category. However, during the same period this year, the combined spending of those brands represented only about 10 percent of the category.

While the first quarter of the year is typically a rather slow one when it comes to console game advertising, as they will usually spend the largest amount of money during the fourth quarter when they release their biggest titles, this doesn’t change the fact that publishers of mobile games are spending a larger amount now than they ever have before on television advertising.

Consumer behavior may affect performance of mobile games

Mobile Games ConsumersMobile games heavily influenced by consumer behavior

Mobile games are becoming more than simple entertainment pieces for consumers with smartphones and tablets. These applications have proven to harbor valuable marketing opportunities and have helped engage consumers in a variety of brands that have benefited from their exposure in mobile games. As these games become a more important part of the lives of mobile consumers, understanding how they are used and how much time is devoted to them is becoming more important.

Survey shows that most gamers play while at home

How consumers engage in mobile games often determines whether or not they will engage in the marketing and monetization elements of these games. The behavior of consumers can often affect whether these games will be successful or not, regardless of whether the game itself is designed adequately or offers significant levels of entertainment. According to a recent survey from Mocospace, 46% of consumers are playing more mobile games now than they have ever done in the past. The survey also shows that the majority of these consumers actually play these games while at home instead of out in public.

Gaming trends affect mobile engagement

Because consumers are playing mobile games at home, they have shown themselves to be more susceptible to advertisements regarding other products that they could enjoy while at home. The Mocospace survey also shows that a sizable portion of consumers play mobile games while waiting for an appointment or while commuting. In these cases, consumers are likely to engage in mobile games for longer periods of time, but less likely to participate in in-app purchases or marketing campaigns.

Understanding consumer behavior may be key to successful mobile games

Understanding how people play mobile games could help developers fashion applications that align more with the interests of consumers. Doing so would also enable these applications to appeal to the interests of consumers from a marketing perspective, increasing the opportunities available for marketers to engage these consumers.