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It seems like everyone today is always on their cell phones. We bring them everywhere with us, so we always have a phone, camera, and computer at our fingertips. We also have a gaming device with us at all times, too. Here are some of the reasons that mobile gaming is growing in popularity.


1) Mobility

An Xbox or PlayStation requires a large device and remotes. It also has to be hooked up to a television. You can’t bring these things with you everywhere you go. They have to stay in one spot at your house. Even portable systems like the Nintendo Switch require you to pack one more thing on your way out the door. With a mobile game, you are going to bring your phone with you anyway.


2) Profit

If people will buy it, the companies will develop it. It is projected that the mobile gaming industry will be a 45 billion dollar industry by the end of 2018. People get invested in the games and spend money on in-app purchases. The little purchases add up to big dollar amounts for the developers. Since they are making money and people are buying, the industry will only grow.


3) Better phones

Phones continue to become more and more advanced. In fact, most modern phones rival computers that we had only a couple of years ago in speed and graphics. This better technology allows video game developers to make games for cell phones that compare to the games that you get on traditional consoles. Our phones are turning into video games consoles as well as phones, cameras, and computers. Why would someone buy a console if their phone allows them to play the same games in similar quality?


4) Cost

Most traditional video games out there require you to buy an expensive console and then several costly games. To stay competitive, many mobile games are inexpensive or free at first. This grabs people. After they start playing, many games allow people to pay to advance in the game more quickly. People who are invested in the game will agree to pay small amounts. They may end up paying small amounts toward a game several times, making the price tag add up quite quickly. People don’t even realize how much they are spending, though. Despite the small costs adding up, it’s usually still cheaper than buying an entire video game system for your home.


Hal Abramson is a festival promoter based in Los Angeles who has a love of gaming and technology. Be sure to check out his other gaming blogs or follow his travels on Twitter!