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Mobile games aren’t being played as much as they once were

Flurry Analytics has reported that people simply aren’t as into the gaming apps they used to play.

Though smartphones are very near to reaching the saturation point, to the level that even babies who can barely talk are perfectly capable of swiping on a touchscreen, mobile games seem to have been sliding in their popularity.

This indicates that the way in which people are using their smartphones and tablets is continuing to evolve.

While mobile games do still remain quite popular and they may have been the driving force behind the popularity of apps back when smartphones were still somewhat of a novelty, it doesn’t appear as though people are spending quite as much of their time with mobile gaming as they previously were. The results of a study that was recently conducted by Flurry Analytics has shown that Americans are now spending only about 15 percent of their total smartphone or tablet usage time by playing with these apps.

When considering that the figure from last year had been 32 percent, that represents a serious plummet.

Mobile Games - Game on SmartphoneFlurry Analytics has explained this downward trend in the amount of time spent playing mobile gaming apps by saying that there has been a reduction in both the strong new hit games over the last year, and the fact that a large number of millennials spend time watching other people playing games through services such as Twitch, instead of actually being the players, themselves.

It was also pointed out by Flurry Analytics that there was a rise in the number of users who were willing to pay for in-app purchases within the games that they play, instead of spending the time waiting to receive the same or similar rewards. They’d rather spend money to speed things up than have to wait to earn the prizes, reducing the amount of playing time that is required to achieve the same goal.

The mobile games report from Flurry explained that “Gamers are buying their way into games versus grinding their way through them,” adding that “Gamers are spending more money than time to effectively beat games or secure better standings rather than working their way to the top. This explains the decline in time spent and the major rise in in-app purchases, as Apple saw a record $1.7 billion in AppStore sales in July.”

Mobile games to be released by Nicki Minaj and Jason Statham

Fans of these hot celebrities can get their smartphones and tablets geared up for some upcoming releases.

If there is one thing that has become quite commonplace in the world of mobile games, it’s that top celebrities are enjoying the chance to add their own names to the mix, and this trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down.

The latest entrants into the mobile gaming app world will be a top rap artist and a leading actor.

Nicki Minaj will soon be joining others in the music industry who have released mobile games, in the hopes of achieving similarly successful download numbers. She will be following in the footsteps of others such as Katy Perry, and will be doing so with the same developer: Glu Mobile. That company is also the mobile game developer behind the recent release of Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.

Nicki Minaj isn’t alone in upcoming celebrity mobile games, as Jason Statham will also have one by this fall.

Mobile Games - Katy Perry & Nicki MinajStatham, best known for his role in The Transporter, will have a Glu Mobile game of his own, too.

As has been the case in previous mobile gaming offerings from Glu Mobile, these celebrities will be adding their likenesses and voices to the games, to provide fans with a more authentic experience by way of their mobile devices.

While Minaj’s mobile app isn’t expected to be released until next summer, and not as much is known about the precise design and purpose of the game, in Statham’s case, the design is a little bit clearer. His game will be called “Sniper X: Kill Confirmed”. It will be out in the fall and will have some features that will feel rather familiar to people who have previously downloaded games from this mobile developer; that is, the celebrity name, likeness, and voice.

However, it deviates from those mobile games a little bit in that it is a first-person shooter that focuses more on that style of entertainment than actually interacting with the celebrity, himself. Most of the specifics on this game have not yet been released, so it is not clear exactly how this game will differ from the dozens of other similar options that are already available to be downloaded.