Mobile gaming is more popular than desktop gaming and if you were in doubt about this stat in way, shape, or form, then just head over to Google. Any search for ‘Mobile gaming Vs Desktop gaming stats’ will reveal top spot results all showing stats from various researchers and blogs with an overwhelming majority that confirm the mobile gaming market now rules reign in the world of online gaming.
This leads us to the next topic. If you are looking for mobile gaming entertainment, which mobile games are the most popular at this time? Well, we did some research, and the results are both surprising as well as predictable depending on how much of a gamer you are!
Pokémon Go by Niantic
Niantic’s Pokémon Go is still the leader of the pack. The game has over 1,300 million downloads since it took the internet wires in 2016. It is purely a mobile-based game available on iOS and Android devices but not on web-based browsers yet simply because the game is not HTML5 compatible. Therefore, if you want to jump on the bandwagon and search for Pokémon’s in your vicinity, you will need to download it.
These stats came out from Niantic in September 2020, so the game is still very much a widespread phenomenon and deservedly takes its position at the top of our list.
Online Video Slots by Various Software Providers
Now online video slots are some of the hardest mobile games to track so we are taking a bit of a stab in the dark here. However, stats within the online casino industry showing over 1,000 million online casino players globally, and most online casinos say that 70% of their revenue on average comes from video slots, it is fair to assume that there 700 million slot players actively playing HTML5 slots via their mobile.
Games such as Mega Moolah with $10 million jackpots are part of the reason why the mobile video slots market is so popular. Plus, there are now more than 4,000 video slot games with enhanced animations, 3D graphics, and interactive gameplay. For a closer look at this continually growing industry read here about new slots.
Another reason we have online casino slot games in second place on this list is that we know this industry and its video slot titles are all currently trending globally.
Plus, video slots deserve their place in this top spot because as a casino game, slots date back to the 19th century when they were once known as ‘one-arm bandits’. Classic slots and fruit machines are still popular, and online slot games as a mobile game are now over 10 years old.
Clash of Clans
Although there are mobile games that boast more mobile downloads than Clash of Clans, in September 2020 the maker, Supercell, confirmed 500 million downloads making this game still immensely popular in the mobile gaming market. It also shows longevity because as Clash of Clans came out way back when in 2013.
It also has a certain appeal to it because most of us love games set in a fantasy theme. We only need to look at the popularity of Game of Thrones, The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings to come to this conclusion. And Clash of Clans is remarkably like these fantasy big-screen series and movie trilogies in the way its gameplay pans out which is why half a million people and counting play this game on their mobile devices.
Call of Duty (Mobile)
This immensely popular MOBA mobile game derives from its PC and game console counterpart. What a game this is too. Its mobile version recorded over 250 million downloads by June 2020 and this game will stop at that number because its shoot ‘em’ up mobile version is just as cool as its PC and console version.
Players pit their wits against each other in different war ground settings which could be World War II, the Cold War, dessert warfare, jungle warfare, and more. It is arguably the number one first-person shooter mobile game which is a big reason Call of Duty makes it to this list.
You can pick a game, wait for players on your server within your region to join. Once all players are ready to go, your wartime mission begins. Along the way, you can build your war hero up and eliminate your enemy which is another player playing on his or her mobile!
Mobile Gaming for The Future
With the way technology continues to change and the advancement of smartphones and other mobile devices, there is no predicting where the future of mobile gaming might go.
We could see blockchain games start to make their way onto our mobile devices and virtual reality mobile games could hit our mobile devices just as quickly as it hits desktops and consoles once VR developers find a feasible way to create VR games that will encourage mass adoption of this technology.
Another new online gaming sector to keep your out for is live dealer casino games. This is a growing market with 100s of table games already in action streamed via webcams so casino players can bet on roulette, blackjack, poker, baccarat, and dice games as if they were sat in a land-based casino.