Game Centered: Featuring The Witcher MOBA, Impressive Mobile Game Profits, and New Game Controllers.

Game Centered: Featuring The Witcher MOBA, Mobile Game Profits, New Controllers

Game Centered features roundups and in-depth reviews of the best in iOS games and related gaming news. Among the App Store’s myriad games, it’s all too easy to overlook some of the greats. Each installment of Game Centered will take a close look at a select few worthy of special recognition, and we have a lot to cover in this, the first installment of Game Centered in 2015! After a brief period of relative quiet on the iOS game front, things are picking up, with 2015 widely expected to be the year that mobile games overtake console games for revenue generated, and many big name titles coming down the pipeline. Read on after the break for some of the latest and greatest iOS-related gaming news and info.

The Witcher Battle Arena Debuts on iOS

Game Centered: Featuring The Witcher MOBA, Mobile Game Profits, New Controllers

This is big news if you are a gamer. And if you are a gamer, whether you prefer mobile, console, or board games, chances are you are already familiar with the Witcher series in all of its wild iterations. Now this beloved modern classic is set to take on the likes of Vainglory (free) and Fates Forever in the insanely popular MOBA genre.

Featuring 3v3 matches, the goal is to capture three pillars while battling live opponents in a frenetic race to whittle the opposing team's points down to zero, thereby winning the game. Unlike other MOBAs like DotA2 and League of Legend (LoL) and even my current favorite, Vainglory, the Witcher (free) offers its gaming doses in short, mobile-friendly bursts of about 10 minutes. While many of us who enjoy this kind of gameplay appreciate the immersive battles that can unfold with a longer and more involved game, I have to admit, there's a certain appeal to playing in a quick online battle arena when you are on the move and want a quick gaming fix.

Game Centered: Featuring The Witcher MOBA, Mobile Game Profits, New Controllers

It remains to be seen how Witcher will be received, but one thing the game has going for it, even though it lacks the stunning graphics of Vainglory, is the compelling and cultish popularity of the series from which it gets its name. Entering the MOBA playing field with a game that expands on the success of an already well-established franchise can only be a good thing from a business and marketing perspective and it practically guarantees the Witcher a spot at the top on the App Store charts.

 

Monument Valley and the Undeniable Profitability of iOS Gaming

Game Centered: Featuring The Witcher MOBA, Mobile Game Profits, New Controllers

The M.C. Escher-inspired iOS game Monument Valley ($3.99) recently made headlines in the international gaming community for generating just shy of six million dollars in 2014. Pretty impressive, right? Well, yes and no. While six million is definitely not chump change, a good mobile game can rake quite a lot of money in.

Sure, free-to-play iOS games still generate the most revenue, for the time being; but the revenue generated by a quality iOS premium game (as in, not free) is nothing to scoff at. Case in point, the wildly popular console-caliber Infinity Blade series ($9.99), has already brought in well over 60 million dollars, which is all the more incredible considering that the IB series is an iOS-exclusive franchise.

Game Centered: Featuring The Witcher MOBA, Mobile Game Profits, New Controllers

I reckon all of these figures and stats just lend credence to the data that I referenced at the start of this installment of Game Centered; mobile gaming is not a passing fad or a minor trend. It is the future of gaming, and well on track to absorb traditional console and PC gaming, as these older models of game consumption continue to feel the pressure to integrate more and more with mobile platforms or get left in the dust.

 

Apple Joystick Patent has Great Implications for Core iOS Gamers

Now here's an interesting tidbit for you Apple enthusiasts and patent watchers. Apple has quietly applied for a patent for a modified iOS home button that can transform itself with a simple click into a joystick. Apparently Apple is well aware of iOS's potential to become one of the most formidable gaming platforms on the planet and is actively looking at ways in which it can offer greater support to the ever-growing gaming community.

Game Centered: Featuring The Witcher MOBA, Mobile Game Profits, New Controllers

Third-party controllers like SteelSeries' Stratus and the MOGA Rebel are great, but it would be hard to beat the portability, reliability, and functionality of a pop-up game controller built right into your iOS device. Of course, just because Apple seeks a patent for an innovation in no way means that we will see this feature any time soon, if ever. Still, it's nice to know Apple is taking the iOS gaming community seriously and considering us in its development plans as the company crafts new iOS devices with even greater game-friendly features.

 

The MOGA Rebel Game Controller

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Speaking of third-party game controllers (see above section if you skipped ahead) the new MOGA Rebel game controller ($79.99) is the first of the new breed of MFi game controllers to give my old favorite, the SteelSeries Stratus, a legitimate run for the money.

Taking its design cues from the tried-and-tested XBOX controller, the Rebel brings the convenience of Bluetooth connectivity (as opposed to having to plug the controller into your iDevice) to the game, making pairing a simple and quick affair, regardless of your iOS device or any protective case you have on your iDevice.

Furthermore, the Rebel comes with a neat feature that really sets it apart, a spring loaded, easel-like bracket that allows gamers to mount their iPhone (yes, even the phablet-sized iPhone 6 Plus can fit) onto the back of the controller, without hindering gameplay in anyway and keeping your screen front and center at all times, regardless of your movements.

Game Centered: Featuring The Witcher MOBA, Mobile Game Profits, New Controllers

A third-party game controller has to be pretty darn good to trump the intuitive ease of use that Apple's native user interface delivers, but the MOGA Rebel is not only up to the task, it excels at delivering a console-like gaming experience to your iDevice, further blurring those lines between a good console game and a great iOS gaming experience.

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Dig Om

As Senior Gear Editor at iPhone Life, Dig reports on the latest and greatest accessories built for the iOS ecosystem. From rugged gear and Bluetooth speakers, to headphones, unique iDevice cases, and iOS remote controlled vehicles, Dig's articles cover a wide range of great gear for the iPhone and iPad. A core gamer for over three decades, Dig also writes iPhone Life's Game Centered column, which focuses on the best iOS games and game related news. Additionally, Dig's company, iDoc Tech Support, offers web design and administration services as well as iPhone and iPad repairs. When not at his work desk, Dig loves spending time with family and enjoying the wonders of nature. You can follow him on Twitter @idoctech