Mobile to Overtake Consoles
Mobile gaming has exploded in the past few years, with large thanks to countries like China and Korea adopting the platform. Meanwhile, console sales have been somewhat rocky as the PS4 and Xbox One are still relatively new.
It also doesn’t help that consoles largely focus on AAA titles, which have seen huge budget cuts in the past few years with the increasing competition of indie games.
The gaming landscape is changing so quickly, that a new report by research firm Newzoo has predicted that mobile game sales will overtake console game sales this year. Mobile games are expected to generate over $30 billion in sales by the end of 2015, nearly $4 billion more than console games.
For more insight on the report, take a look at this article on PocketGamer.
The Importance of Day 1 F2P Players
F2P MMO’s are great games to measure data from, because of their large global user base and transactions. A new study by SuperData Research has taken a look at player retention in F2P MMO’s, and the results are interesting.
The study found that day 1 players have the lowest churn rates, and the longer a player waits to join, the less likely they are to stay. Check out the graph below with more data:
So what can game developers to do ensure the maximum engagement of day 1 players? Having a strong launch is a great start, since first impressions can have a huge impact. Make sure your game is functional and doesn’t contain game-breaking bugs, have decent servers in place that can handle large amounts of players, gather a solid support team and get a PR campaign running for launch day.
For more tips and info from the SuperData report, read this article on VentureBeat.
Most Popular Games and Platforms of 2014
Ever wondered what games and platforms were the most popular and talked about among the press in 2014? A new report by ICO Partners has compared the top headlines, based on an analysis of over 3,500 websites in 28 different languages.
Playstation was the #1 most talked about platform, while Titanfall was the most popular game. For the full report, visit GamesIndustry here.