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Mobile gaming report predicts future tablet games growth

New data has found that global revenues from tablet games will reach over $13 billion by 2019.

A recent Juniper Research report found that the growth of tablet mobile gaming will be powered by many important factors, such as a consumer’s preference for ubiquity and convenience, improved graphics capabilities, growing mobile broadband penetration, and devices with better storage capacity.

The predicted 2019 worldwide revenues is three times the amount of the 2014 figure of $3.6 billion.

The report from Juniper Research – “Mobile & Handheld Games: Discover, Monetise, Advertise 2014 – 2019” – also discovered that 2015 could be a crucial year for independent (indie) developers of mobile games. The research said that in mobile marketplaces that now have more than 1 million apps, more funding would be needed for developers to make the most of opportunities when it comes to attaining consumer awareness. Crowdfunding was suggested by the report to be a funding option that would grow in popularity for indie developers.

In addition to this, the report claimed that across emerging markets, with storefront payments being increasingly facilitated by carrier billing deployments in countries with reduced banked penetration rates, there will be impressive monetization growth of mobile games for smartphones. It said that games may have another delivery channel via micro-apps, which are currently being incorporated in messenger services, and this could encourage more growth.

Advertising is becoming more and more important for mobile gaming in terms of generating revenue.

tablet mobile gamingAccording to the report, it estimates that in 2019 only around 6 percent of mobile games will be paid for by consumers at the point of download and the real revenue generation will come from advertisements. It also noted that diversified gaming offerings have lead to a sudden boost in not only the number of gamers across wider demographics who engage in social/casual gaming, but also how long consumers play games.

According to Juniper Research analyst Eva Hunyadi, social/casual games can be played anywhere and at anytime and are a generally fun pastime that does not require the user to devote time concentrating on certain game specifications.

Hunyadi also commented that although the growth in tablet mobile gaming is astounding, in the near future, its impact on PC and other gaming platforms won’t be meaningful.

Mobile gaming news: console game comes to tablets

Skylanders Trap Team from Activision has gone mobile.

The complete console game, which is the latest in the Skylanders series, will not only be coming to Xbox, PlayStation, Wii consoles, and Nintendo DS, but will also enter the mobile gaming world and be made available for tablets when it is released this fall on October 5, 2014.

This game release is a notable first for mobile.

The full Skylanders Trap Team game and all of the console version’s content will be available for tablets, which make the new game one of the largest to ever be played on a mobile device. It will be playable on Android, iOS, and FireOS devices when it launches in October.

The game’s start set, which works with all three mobile operating systems listed above, is $75 and will include a game controller, a Portal of Power designed for tablets, a pair of Trap Stones, and the Snap Shot and Food Fight Skylanders figures. It is essentially just like the console-specific starter kit, with the exception that the game controller and Portal are battery powered and will only function with the game’s mobile version. Players only need one set to be able to play on all operating systems, which is a fabulous bonus for mobile users and extremely rare for mobile games.

Mobile gamers will also have the chance to download a free version of Skylanders Trap Team at their preferred app store, which will provide the player with a demo experience that relies only on Trap Stones and virtual characters, so the Portal isn’t needed. Currently, details regarding this demo version have yet to be finalized, but players will still be able to try the game for free using virtual controls.

Mobile gaming meets NFC technology.

One of the reasons why the console versions of the Skylanders games are so popular is they come with the Portal of Power, which contains a near field communications (NFC) transmitter that allows the player’s figurines to interact with the game. However, what makes the Portal designed for tablet mobile gaming so unique is not only does it work like the ones for consoles, but it also can be used as a tablet stand and underneath the Portal is a small Bluetooth controller that features all of the same buttons as an Xbox controller.