The mobile gaming industry has come a long way since the early 80’s days of 2D Tetris and pocket Gameboy Colours. Now with just the swipe of a finger and a visit to the Google Play Store, an endless catalogue of games and information await anyone with the desire to play. Nearly everybody owns a smartphone. Nearly everybody has slung an Angrybird or tried their hand at Candy Crush. With analysts such as NewZoo.com predicting continued growth and success, the future of this business subset certainly looks bright. Here’s a brief rundown of its possible next steps in both hardware, software and Esports potential.
1. Browsers, Cards and Mobiles
Fortnite: one of the fastest growing battle royales in the industry and online streamings hottest new broadcast. Fancy giving it a go? No problem, just load up your iOS device. This is a title proves Esports don’t have to be chained to a desk. It’s a title that pushes the limits of mobile gaming as a whole and takes competition on the road. As tech continues to evolve and as developers harness its portable capabilities, high quality battling like this will continue for a long time to come.
It’s not all just shooters, either! There are racing games like Real Racing 3, puzzlers like Cut the Rope and in-browser products such as online poker or slots. Looking at the SuperLenny Casino review on Slot-Machines.ca, we see that at one single website carries over 650 games all available at a moment's notice, all with varying themes and motifs. Mobile gaming is jam-packed, growing and newbie friendly, and that trend is likely to continue as casino games improve in quality and up the ante.
2. The Switch
The Nintendo Switch is the new kid on the block. With competitive games like Splatoon, open worlders like Zelda and an endless supply of media via apps like Netflix, it’s built for luxury travel. It’s also Nintendo’s primary new console. That means upcoming new Smash Bros, Mario Kart and Pokémon all in one place – make no mistake, an entire generation of Esports will be through just this one console. And with its recent success, it’s likely Nintendo will stick to this unique formula in future years, too. Portable, connectable, host of unique titles. It’s a winning combination!
3. Top-Tier Laptops
Some games are simply played best when running on solid hardware. Many esports games even require it! In cases like these, a high-end laptop is the portable gaming way to go. While custom builds are an option, most gamers are likely to opt for a pre-built rig. Omen by HP is out for blood with a new killer range, and Alienware has been a longstanding industry staple.
Whether or not all that will change in the coming years, only time will tell. Esports continues to grow, as does mobile gaming, and a new favourite title could be just around the corner.