The Unprecedented Growth And Global Rise of Mobile Gaming

Mobile gaming will reach a value of 270 billion by 2032 and currently more players play on mobile devices than on any other platform worldwide

by Sededin Dedovic
The Unprecedented Growth And Global Rise of Mobile Gaming
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In recent years, the mobile gaming industry has witnessed a meteoric rise, becoming a powerful force in the global gaming market. With this growth of the mobile game market in the future, this type of gaming could be positioned as dominant and leading.

According to a comprehensive study by market research team Allied, the mobile gaming market is poised to reach a whopping $270 billion by 2032. The industry's trajectory is underpinned by a projection to generate an impressive $90.6 billion in 2022 alone, with a compound annual at a CAGR of 11.7%, ultimately jumping to nearly $300 billion over the next decade.

It is certain that before the release of this official information, no one had any idea that the mobile video game market had reached this level. Everyone is aware that mobile games are becoming more and more popular, but these data really surprised even the most optimistic individuals.

These games cover a wide range of genres, from simple fun games to complex 3D adventures. Some popular categories of mobile games include: Action: Requires quick reflexes and skill to defeat opponents or complete tasks. Examples are Call of Duty: Mobile and PUBG Mobile.
RPG: Allows you to create and develop characters while exploring the world and solving challenges.

Examples are Genshin Impact and The Elder Scrolls: Blades.
Strategic: Require planning and strategy to defeat opponents or achieve goals. Examples are Clash of Clans and StarCraft: Remastered.
Puzzles: Tests logical abilities to solve puzzles or achieve goals.

Examples are Candy Crush Saga and Tetris.

Affordability factor

One of the primary factors contributing to the enormous value of the mobile gaming industry is its unparalleled affordability. With more players gaming on mobile devices than any other platform worldwide, accessibility has played a key role in the exponential growth of the industry.

As technology continues to advance, the ability to play premium, AAA titles on mobile phones and tablets has become a reality. Many players from third world countries who do not have the money to buy games have the opportunity to play games on their phone completely free with occasional in-game ads.

Of course, the only drawback is that most games require the purchase of certain items in the game in order to reach a certain level as quickly as possible.

Despicable Me Mobile© Throneful / Youtube channel

Evolution of the gaming model

A significant part of the value of the mobile game market comes from the prevalence of the already mentioned free games, which often use 'freemium' or operating models driven by microtransactions.

Players can easily enhance their gaming experience with a simple tap, purchasing in-game items or credits that provide a competitive edge. This strategic approach to monetization not only made gaming more accessible but also contributed significantly to the industry's overall revenue, which was its primary purpose.

All over the world, players pay for certain things or items from games in order to be dominant in the game, which has been condemned by a certain part of the gaming community, because it represents a form of cheating within the game.

Addictive gameplay and esports integration

Developers have put considerable effort into creating mobile games with addictive gameplay, ensuring that players keep coming back for more. The success of games like PUBG Mobile and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang exemplifies this trend, attracting tens of millions of players worldwide and breaking viewership records in the competitive gaming arena.

The rise in the number of esports games hosted on mobile platforms further illustrates the evolution of the industry, with mobile gaming contributing significantly to the growing esports landscape. The latest mobile phones have incredible performance, so the vuzel part and the gameplay are the same as on the most popular Playstation, Xbox and Nintendo consoles.

Pubg Mobile© Fatih GAMING / Youtube channel

The role of AR and VR technologies

The Allied Market Research report also highlights the ongoing development of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies as a significant contributor to the overall value of mobile gaming.

As these technologies continue to advance, they enhance the immersive and interactive elements of the mobile gaming experience, appealing to an even wider audience. The integration of AR and VR technologies not only elevates the gaming experience but also positions the mobile gaming industry as a frontier for innovation within the larger gaming market.

The importance of the mobile gaming industry is further highlighted in a comprehensive 381-page report by Allied Market Research, which reveals that mobile gaming now accounts for more than a quarter of the total revenue generated by the global gaming market.

This seismic shift in market dynamics cements the mobile gaming industry's status as a major player, with the potential to reshape the future landscape of interactive entertainment. These reports seem truly unreal and have caused strong reactions throughout the gaming world.

The projected value of the mobile gaming industry at $270 billion by 2032 paints a compelling picture of its rise. Accessibility, along with technological advancements, addictive gameplay, and the integration of AR and VR technologies, has fueled the industry's remarkable growth.