By Dig Om on Thu, 08/28/2014
Game Centered features roundups and in-depth reviews of the best in iOS games and related gaming news. This week we have some awesome news on the mobile gaming front. First, popular game streaming site, Twitch TV, was bought out by Amazon. Hot on the heels of that development is news that we are going to be treated to a first of its kind, Twitch supported iOS game from mobile game developer Gameloft. Finally, if you've embraced the mobile gaming platform and are wondering when it's really going to take off as a competitive level eSport platform, take heart! Reputable research firm, Juniper, just released a report projecting absolutely amazing growth for the mobile gaming industry, and predicts that mobile games, more than ever, are the games of the future.
Amazon buys Twitch's Game Streaming Service for $970 Million
If you are not a gamer, you may not know this, but video games have become a wildly popular spectator sport with a professional level competitive circuit. As testament to this fact, Amazon has seen fit to throw some big money down to acquire the video game streaming network, Twitch TV. Twitch allows players to broadcast their games and observe others' games and live tournaments. There's even a great iOS app that lets gamers access their Twitch user accounts and watch eSport competitions right on their iDevices. As Amazon's CEO, Jeff Bezos said, regarding the announcement of the multi-million dollar deal, "Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon, and Twitch has built a platform that brings together tens of millions of people who watch billions of minutes of games each month."
While you may not be familiar with Twitch if you live outside of the realm of the gaming community, it's a service that is growing at a rapid pace, and already generates internet traffic that surpasses the likes of Facebook and HBO GO. Taken with the rest of the news in this week's Game Centered, Amazon's buyout of Twitch promises nothing but good tidings for the online retail giant.
Gameloft is First to Twitch Stream Their Games
Speaking of Twitch, their streaming service is about to start playing host to more iOS games. Mobile gaming's powerhouse development company, Gameloft, has with their latest update, brought Twitch streaming integration to yet another of their most popular multiplayer games. As of now both Asphalt 8: Airborne (the first ever mobile game to integrate Twitch streaming) and the MOBA game, Heroes of Order and Chaos will support Twitch streaming.
This is a wise move on both Gameloft's and Twitch's parts. Considering the way mobile gaming is exploding on the gaming scene, it definitely seems like it will be a win-win arrangement. I suspect these wiil be the first of many multiplayer iOS games that embrace Twitch as a way to increase a game's popularity and profits. For mobile games, integrating Twitch streaming will also be appealing to game enthusiasts, as well as professional level eSports players who are used to making between $20,000 to $100,000 (if not more) at annual eSport competitions world wide.
Juniper Research Forecasts $28.9 Billion in Mobile Game Revenue by 2016
Speaking of the rise in popularity and profitability of mobile gaming, credible analytics firm Juniper Research, is anticipating a 38 percemt increase in annual mobile game revenue. The firm expects that within only two years, money generated from mobile games will approach 29 billion dollars, up from 2014's estimated $20.9 billion in revenues.
The firm credits the tablet's enhanced performance and graphic capabilities -which put them on par with consoles, along with the willingness of mobile gamers to spend more money over a longer time, for the huge increase in revenue that mobile games are on trajectory to bring in. It's an exciting time in the gaming world, and especially for the mobile gaming world. Stay tuned, because the future of iOS gaming looks bright indeed.
What do you think iPhone Lifers? Should the console and PC game developers feel threatened by this new renaissance in mobile gaming? You're welcome to sound off in the comments section below.