The growth of mobile over the last few years is almost unprecedented in the world of gaming. The sector is the fastest growing in global gaming and is anticipated to bring in around 3.5 billion US dollars by the time 2025 rolls around.
These days, smartphones are equal to the challenge of providing a detailed, graphically stunning, and lag-free gaming experience in line with or even, in some cases, superior to a PC or console gaming experience. Gaming with folding phones is now possible, with the latest exciting devices having incredible screen technology.
Cloud gaming and 5g have become more and more a part of everyday life for serious gamers and internet users. Mobile gaming has come out of the dark ages and into the light and is more than able to provide an experience immersive enough to satisfy even the most hardcore gamers.
There are currently 2.2 billion mobile gamers across the world; of course, only a very small portion of gamers are talented enough to make it in the world of esports, but now mobile gamers can form a part of the portion where they never could before.
With mobile devices being less space-consuming and a lot less costly than other PCs or consoles, more and more people are joining the movement, which means more and more talented gamers are discovering their gifts and more players are pouring into esports competitions to test their mettle. The question is; does mobile gaming have the power and longevity to take over as the future of the eSports world? Let’s find out.
Is Mobile eSports The Future?
The answer, in short, is yes; we believe mobile gaming is the future for eSports. We are already seeing top-rated mobile games like PUBG (Player Unknown’s BattleGround) and Clash of Clans drawing an incredible number of talented gamers to the mobile eSporting sector, and that’s only the beginning.
There are no monitors and desk setups here, just a player, their phone, and their desire to be the best at what they do. The differences in support, player enrollment, and even prize pools between the most popular mobile and PC-based eSports tournaments are negligible, and even that gap is closing fast.
Mobile gaming is uniquely placed to take over the lion’s share of the market for a number of reasons. First of these is the enormous player base that mobile gaming already has. The German market is an excellent example to prove this case; currently, around 71 million of 83 million German citizens own a smartphone capable of supporting eSports quality games; that’s 86% of the country. 37% of the German population between 15 and 69 years of age play some sort of game on their smartphones, whereas only 27% of the population play PC games and a teeny tiny 16% of the population play console games.
The world is changing, and so is technology. As it continues to advance, we feel less and less need to own a space-consuming, costly and static PC or console setup. Who needs that when you can take your favorite games with you everywhere you go and practice every chance you get? Upgrading a cell phone once every 2-3 years and installing software updates as often as they become available is also cost-effective compared to purchasing new components for a PC or an entirely new console when an old one becomes redundant.
This move towards mobile gaming versus PC or console gaming is hardly surprising for industry insiders. There is a far lower barrier to entry into mobile eSports, which has provided room for significant industry growth: all you need is the talent, the time, and a decent quality mobile phone. The mobile gaming and eSports communities are just a click or two away, and now that more and more people are turning to game as a great form of entertainment and as a time-worthy hobby, there are more and more opportunities to start playing games and tournaments at different levels. Casual gamers are no longer as gun-shy about stepping into the semi-pro and professional arenas because the intimidation factor of players having a huge setup is no longer present.
The future of eSports undoubtedly lies within the mobile gaming sphere. We are so excited to see more and more titles coming direct to mobile and to watch the community grow in leaps and bounds.