Popular video games being optimized for mobile devices

An official Android and IOS version of Mario Kart and Call of Duty have been released, revolutionizing the gaming industry.

Cal Schwartz

Zach Valentine

Recently, popular video games have been optimized for mobile devices. While these games have their upsides and downsides, it has turned out to be a lucrative business move for gaming companies.

According to Newzoo research, the global games market is expected to be worth $152.1 billion dollars by the end of 2019. Mobile games have been selling at a high rate and won’t be stopping anytime soon.

Companies such as Tencent, Glu Mobile, and Ubisoft are starting to make new games, while some of  their older released games are also gaining popularity in the gaming world.

In an article released by Technavio, they revealed that Supercell is the top mobile gaming company in 2019. They are the creators of “Clash of Clans” and “Hay Day.”

While these mobile games could be benefiting companies and the gaming industry, they are also having some negative effects on students and families.

“These mobile games drain my phone battery and they distract me from doing my homework,” said Luca Fappani, a sophomore.

Itstillworks research suggests that mobile games are productivity distractions. For instance, many mobile games rely on players taking turns or playing the game together. In games like this, it is common to have a lot of notices, which can make it tempting to check constantly for updates.

“I love trivia [games] of all kinds and I am a proud Harry Potter geek,” said Samantha Gebel, an English teacher.

Not only can they distract people at home and in class from doing homework but they can also distract drivers. If texting and driving is a distraction, then so is gaming and driving.

“These games can be a lot of fun, until you waste a lot of money on it and delete it the next week,” said Wyatt Ferguson, a sophomore.

According to Statista research, an average mobile gamer spends $77.00 a year on games and other in-app purchases.

A number of studies have indicated that an adult on average spends four hours a day on their phone when two hours a day browsing mobile devices is medically recommended.

The mobile gaming industry is a multibillion dollar industry. Anybody with an Apple or Android device has access to over 800,000 games, ready to be played almost instantly.

Most of the games that are in the app stores are free. Therefore the only way they can make money is if the people playing the game spend money through in-app purchases within the game.

Most mobile games are online multiplayer games that allow users to meet new people and interact with them. Two popular multiplayer games that were recently released were Mario Kart and Call of Duty mobile. Both of those games were highly anticipated, and received acclaim from both critics and fans alike.