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Predictions for the Mobile Gaming Industry

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Mobile gaming is exactly what it says on the tin. It is any form of gaming that used a smartphone or other portable device game. The games are often downloads and apps, but can also be games from mobile-friendly sites such as the best online casinos. Yes, that means gamers logging into RoyalVegas CA and other popular casinos to play slots while on the move are also mobile gaming.

The mobile gaming industry is already buzzing due to the success of the gambling industry, stellar games, and apps – and the desire to break up the working day when the boss’s head is turned. With mobile gaming doing so well, where will it go next? Here are the best predictions for the mobile gaming industry in 2020 and beyond.

5G Will Make Mobile Gaming Better

5G is the next generation of wireless internet connection, and it will enhance the mobile gaming space significantly. 5G will eventually roll out across major cities and towns, giving everyone unbeatable download speeds and more. To provide some perspective, 5G is tipped to be around 1000% quicker than the current 4G network. What this means for mobile gaming is:

  • Better graphics
  • Developers have the freedom to make more detailed games
  • Easier accessibility when roaming through these so-called smart cities
  • Less buffering or interference

5G has already started making an appearance in some locations, but 2020 may be the year when it starts to expand even more.

In-App Purchases Will Become Cheaper

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Another sound prediction is that cryptocurrency will be used in apps and downloaded games for the purpose of microtransactions. At current, players can buy small bonuses, weapons, or even a new hat for their avatars but have to hand over a small fee. When multiple payments are made, even small ones, the total cost of these purchased add up.

This fee grows even more due to bank handling fees and authorizations. Cryptocurrency can avoid the need for these because it is decentralized from a central authority, and miners are used to authenticate payments instead of card issuers or banks. The bottom line? Using cryptocurrencies for these micropayments or in-app purchases will save gamers money. And it could be much more available in the coming years.

Let Streaming Battle Commence!

With faster internet speeds through 5G, there is also an argument that streaming of mobile gaming may also take off. Many gamers choose to stream console gaming action through sites like YouTube and Twitch, but it is rarer to do with mobile games.

When faster internet speeds eventually land, this will give more currency to gamers who want to stream the games they play from mobile devices. Ultimately, this will create even more streaming channels for gamers in this niche of gaming – and simultaneously increase the exposure of mobile games.

The future looks bright, fast, cheaper, and entertaining for the mobile gaming world!

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Don Draper
Donald Francis "Don" Draper is a founding partner and the Creative Director at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Advertising Agency in Manhattan, NY. Prior to that position, he was the Director of the Creative Department at the Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency. He is regarded among his colleagues as the best to ever pitch copy.