It’s no secret that many developers view mobile as the future of gaming. Given the fact that mobile device adoption continues to trend upwards and that these devices often eliminate the need for a dedicated console gaming system, it is hardly surprising that these developers are looking to mobile as the future of video games and strategizing so as to be the ones to define this transition. With that in mind, here are six developers that are revolutionizing mobile gaming.
Electronic Arts is one of the biggest game publishers in the world. They are also one of the companies that is spearheading the transition to mobile and digital software. The company recently surpassed Activision as the company that is making the most from web, digital, and mobile. EA owns popular franchises such as Madden, FIFA, Battlefield, and more, and is in the process of leveraging these popular series for mobile platforms.
As one of the largest publishers of videogames in the world, it’s not surprising that Activision is starting to look to mobile and expand its efforts to dominate in the space. Activision owns popular IPs like Skylanders and Call of Duty, as well as a number of other recognizable franchises. The company has yet to expand Call of Duty fully to the mobile platforms, but has been making moves that suggest that it will happen eventually. The company has released smaller games that make use of its major franchise IPs. If controller support improves and adoption is solid, it is likely that you will see some of the biggest games on mobile coming from Activision.
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The Mad Catz name is still largely associated with its series of gaming peripherals. That said, the company is also making considerable advances in the mobile space and looking to shape up this developing gaming landscape. The company has released a hardware that is supposed to function as a micro-console and improve the functionality of Android gaming. The system comes with its own controller, meaning that users will have access to a greater number of input methods. This makes more genres playable and enjoyable on the device because not all games are suited to be played through touch input.
As one of the most influential developers in gaming, Rockstar is no stranger to shaping the market and determining the direction of the industry. The company has taken to releasing some of the biggest games in its history on mobile platforms. Games such as Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto San Andreas are now available on mobile devices and making a major impact.
While Sony is one of the three major console platform holders, it is also making efforts to have a presence in the mobile space. The company has developed and released games for mobile devices that tie into and cross promote their console efforts. This strategy could prove very beneficial heading into the latest generation of console hardware.
Long famous for its Final Fantasy series, Square has been transitioning its efforts over to mobile platforms. Whether this proves to be a good long term strategy remains to be seen, but it’s a fact that the company as one of the driving forces behind Japanese mobile development and user adoption in the country.