GamingWhat’s behind the huge rise in mobile gamers?

What’s behind the huge rise in mobile gamers?


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These days, it’s not uncommon to witness people playing a selection of mobile games. In fact, while console gaming opportunities appeal, mobile gaming’s offering is being enjoyed by more people than ever before. Some mobile gamers are even purchasing gaming phones, while also adding additional accessories, such as a joystick or a VR headset, to improve the overall experience on offer. 

According to App Annie, in 2021 alone, players spent nearly $90 billion on mobile games. Player spending is set to reach $138 billion by 2025, too. Statista has also found that the majority of the games being accessed by mobile gamers are puzzle titles, casino games, strategy products, and RPG releases. Other popular genres include simulation, shooter, lifestyle, sports, and AR/location-based games. While mobile gaming doesn’t appeal to everyone, it’s evidently a go-to option for many of us. But why? What is the appeal of gaming on a smartphone, and what’s behind the rising amount of mobile gamers? Let’s take a look below. 

You can game practically anywhere 

Although the detail and crystal clear graphics on a powerful console machine provides a more realistic gaming experience, it can only be utilised indoors. While many gamers are happy purchasing a gaming chair and immersing themselves in a particular release for a few hours, other more casual gamers are happy dipping in and out of specific titles as and when it suits them. Mobile gaming therefore appeals to a large amount of people, especially those who aren’t usually tempted by a tricky and more detailed console product. On the whole, mobile games are designed to be picked up and put down throughout the day, they provide genuine fun and entertainment, and they can accompany us in our pockets wherever we go. All you need is an internet connection and you’re good to game.

The quality of titles has improved dramatically 

While classic mobile titles like Snake will be fondly remembered by many, it’s a title that probably wouldn’t stand up against today’s selection of innovative titles. For example, people are enjoying the immersive gaming experience on offer in an augmented reality product like Pokemon Go. Niantic’s creation has around 81.2 million monthly active users, although it is some way behind PUBG Mobile and its 511.6 million active monthly players. With regards to PUBG Mobile, it’s also a PC product that has made a successful transition over to the mobile category of gaming. In fact, this is a trend mobile gamers have been able to capitalise on, with other popular console-quality games including the likes of Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Call of Duty: Mobile. These games supplement other in-demand releases at an online casino, with gamers learning about blackjack card values before diving in for a session, alongside accessing poker games and an array of live gaming products. Other go-to options for mobile gamers include brain training and puzzle releases, alongside massively popular titles like Candy Crush and Among Us. Overall, when assessing the selection of games mobile gamers can easily access, it’s clear to see why so many people now regard themselves as mobile gamers. 

Accessories have helped 

For many mobile gamers, the ability to boost a device’s gaming performance is another pull. Smartphone users can purchase joysticks, VR headsets, and even smartphones that have been specifically designed for gaming. 

Mobile gaming doesn’t break the bank 

Above all else, gaming on a smartphone device doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Most of the games available for download on iOS and Android are cheap or completely free, with many offering optional in-app purchases. Console gaming, on the other hand, is expensive. 

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

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