Stuck in a traffic jam or waiting in a queue or simply bored? Now, you can play your favourite Angry Birds, FarmVille or Words with Friends anywhere, anytime, thanks to the mobile gaming revolution. Mobile gaming is a craze that has revolutionized the hand held gaming experience on the go. The increased penetration of smartphones like Android devices & the iPhone, etc have made it much easier to download &play these games. Also, they provide a rich, realistic experience similar to computer based or console gaming, thanks to new & improved technology.
A study by International Data Corporation, an analyst firm predicts the revenues from dedicated handhelds, mobiles, and tablets to cross $20 billion by 2015.
The leading companies that have dominated the mobile gaming space so far are Glu mobile, Rovio, EA Mobile, cap com, Gameloft, DeNA, and GREE.
Top 5 mobile games 2011
Zynga’s acquisition to German company Gamedoctors, Page44 Studios and HipLogic based in San Francisco and New York based Astro Ape Studios is seen as a significant move to their penetration into mobile and tablet gaming space.
For Indian gaming professionals & game developers, all of this implies new jobs in the form of national & international projects involving game design, development, animation, graphics design, etc.
Coming up next, the favourite toys of hardcore gamers- Gaming Consoles. Keep watching this space for more!
– Anurag Yadav (Research & Development, MAAC)