The On-the-Go Gamer: A Short History of Mobile Games

The mobile game industry made a staggering $77.2 billion in revenue in 2020. That’s why many gaming companies have begun to focus more on publishing mobile games rather than PC or console video games. The main reason why mobile games triumph over the rest is that almost anyone with a mobile phone can play them.

Of course, mobile games weren’t always kings of making money. Actually, for many years mobile video games were very limited to only a few titles. 

In today’s post, we’ll look at the evolution of mobile games and see how much they’ve changed. 

Dawn of Mobile Games

Even though there was already a patent for the mobile phone back in the early 1900s, mobile phones like we know today didn’t come into the scene until 1973. It would be another 20 years before mobile phone games would appear on any mobile phone. 

Upon its release in 1994, the Hagenuk MT-2000 came with Tetris preinstalled. That’s when the portable gaming industry began to see the potential of mobile phone games. It wouldn’t be for another four years before companies added another mobile game to their phones. 

Snake was released in 1997 and proved to be a world phenomenon. Snake and Tetris were the start of what is known today as casual games (easy to play games that you can pick up at any time).

Introduction of Mobile Game Stores

Throughout the late ’90s and early 2000s, there was a wide variety of mobile games released. Most of them already existed as console games being ported to mobile phones. It wasn’t until 2007 that developers introduced a revolutionary application- the App Store.

With the release of the first iPhone, Apple also released the App Store, an application where you could download games or apps. The following year, Android released their own called the Android Market. While some games were released in 2007 and the following, it wasn’t until 2009 when the portable gaming industry stuck gold.

The game to start the golden age of mobile gaming was Angry Birds. It quickly became a global phenomenon and re-kindled mobile gaming. 

Mobile Games Today

As mobile phones continue to advance, so do the mobile games you can play. You can now play many modern console games on your mobile device, and sometimes the graphics are even better! Mobile games are not only for casual gamers anymore. 

Games like Call of Duty: Mobile or PUBG have now stepped into the global competitive scene, paving a new way for competitive players. 

The app store isn’t the only place for games anymore. Subscription services like Apple Arcade or Gamemine allow players to choose even more mobile games.

Mobile Games Will Continue to Rise

Despite having a slow start, mobile games are now more popular than ever. As the world moves towards more portable technology, we can expect this industry to continue to bloom. 

What mobile game do you enjoy playing? Let us know in the comment section below! And don’t forget to check out our other tech-related articles, without a doubt, you’ll find one that piques your interest.

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