Where Is Mobile Gaming Going Now?

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Mobile games are now dominating App Store and Google Play downloads. According to gaming research firm Newzoo, mobile gaming will generate more than $70 billion in 2018, which is over three-quarters of total app store revenue, and there will be over 2 billion global players.

Mobile attribution and data analytics company AppsFlyer’s report on The State of Gaming App Marketing 2018 takes a look at what is driving gaming use and sales.

Boom In Midcore And Strategy Games

The explosion in sophisticated smartphone adoption has driven play of mid-core and strategy games. These now account for a 60% share of overall gaming downloads. The use of what is known in the industry as, ‘pick and play’ hyper-casual games, became three times as popular in 2018, but despite this, these games still only made-up just over 5% of total gaming downloads this year.

Gaming Increasingly Supported By Ads

More than 50% of gaming revenue in several genres is now primarily supported by advertising, the AppsFlyer report found. In-app ad monetization is really taking off for hyper-casual games. For casual games, there is a nearly 60-40 split favoring ad monetization versus in-app purchases. When it comes to mid-core and strategy games, however, 70% of all revenue still comes from purchases and this isn’t expected to change.

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China Sets Up Online Games Review Panel, Raises Approval Resumption Hopes

China Sets Up Online Games Review Panel, Raises Approval Resumption Hopes

Chinese regulators have set up an online video games ethics committee that has already reviewed 20 titles, state media said, raising hopes the government was preparing to resume an approval process that has been frozen for most of this year.

China, the world’s biggest gaming market, stopped approving new titles from March amid a regulatory overhaul triggered by growing criticism of video games for being violent and leading to myopia as well as addiction among young users.

The freeze on new approvals has pressured gaming-related stocks and clouded the outlook for mobile games, with industry leader Tencent Holdings reporting its first profit decline in more than a decade in the June quarter.

But in a sign an end to the regulatory uncertainty could be near, state media Xinhua reported late on Friday that the new games ethics committee – under the guidance of Chinese Communist Party propaganda department – had already reviewed 20 games.

It has requested for a revamp of 11 titles to “eliminate moral hazard”, and rejected the remaining nine citing improper content, Xinhua added.

Industry insiders welcomed the move by the committee made up of experts on games and adolescence problems from universities, industry associations, research institutions and media outlets.

“We view this as a progressive step with more strategic directions likely to be given out by end of this month,” Jefferies said in a research note.

“This could potentially be followed by timetable announcement of approval resumption before mid-2019.”

Tencent declined to comment.

However an executive from the technology giant said on condition of anonymity: “I think the sign is, it’s almost the year end, the revamp should come to completion.”

Tencent has lost more than $100 billion (roughly Rs. 7.1 lakh crores) in market value since the start of the year amid regulatory uncertainty.

On Monday, the stock was down 1.2 percent, in line with the broader market.

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NBA Games Are Longer This Year And The League Is OK With That, Stressing Game Flow As More Important

The length of an average game has become a massive issue in major American professional sports. Major League Baseball is discussing transformative rules changes to shorten their games and appeal to a younger, broader audience. Yet NBA games are quantifiably, marginally longer this year and the league said that it’s okay with that, more concerned with what it termed game flow than adding a little bit of time to its games so far this season.

Through games played on Dec. 6, non-overtime games are a little over two minutes longer this year, per numbers provided by the league, and just under three minutes longer on average if you factor in OT games.

Time of Game (through Dec. 6)

Season All Games Non-OT Games
2015-16 2:16:41 2:15:40
2016-17 2:18:19 2:16:28
2017-18 2:11:48 2:11:16
2018-19 2:14:39 2:13:26

A lot of that has to do with the new enforcement of the freedom of motion rules, which has led to more fouls being called this season. In games played through Dec. 5, there were 43.6 fouls being called per game. That’s up four fouls per game from last year and three fouls year to date, according to the NBA.

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OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition teaser hints at 50W Warp Charging

https://cdn.gsmarena.com/imgroot/news/18/12/oneplus-6t-mcl-50w-charging-teaser/-728x314/gsmarena_001.jpgA OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition teaser claims that “charging is about to hit warp speed”. This is most likely a hint at 50W charging, which was missing from the spec sheet of the regular 6T.

OnePlus trademarked Warp Charge earlier this year, not long after sibling company Oppo unveiled Super VOOC (50W) charging with another supercar-themed phone – the Oppo Find X Lamborghini Edition.

So, you’ll have one more reason to pick the McLaren Edition over the regular OnePlus 6T other than the 10GB of RAM and 256GB storage. The company’s current Dash Charge is no slouch at 20W, but with phones from Oppo charging at 50W and ones from Huawei at 40W, it was time for an upgrade.

PS. Did you notice that the cable is orange instead of the usual OnePlus red? And if you take a closer look at it, it looks like a braided cable.

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Best Black Friday Deals On Gaming Accessories

Whether you’re a PC gamer, console gamer, or mobile gamer, there’s one constant in your life: gaming accessories are everywhere.

Each year, both first- and third-party gaming companies release a variety of accessories that all promise to enhance your gaming experience. Those accessories can be wheels for driving games, thumbsticks to attach to your controllers for better grips, or entirely redesigned controllers that let you map buttons the way you want.

Of course, the accessories market is often dominated by third-party device makers, like Logitech and others, that make products that can appeal to gamers both on the PC and console, but first-party companies, including Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft are also competing in the market.

Those companies are often offering controllers and carrying cases, and if you need some additional storage or other features, you can often count on them to give it to you.

But when it’s all said and done, your mileage on gaming accessories may vary. And for all the nice gaming accessories out there that actually enhance your gameplay experience, there are many more that you’ll want to stay away from.

So, it’s with that in mind that we’ve compiled the following roundup of gaming accessories that come with outstanding Black Friday offers. We eschewed all the junk here and only focused on gaming accessories that will enhance gameplay and save you a few bucks in the process.

Read on to learn more about the best Black Friday deals on both first- and third-party gaming accessories:

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Turtle Beach Recon 50P Gaming Headset: You can buy it for $25, a $10 savings off its regular retail price of $35.

Xbox Live 3-Month Subscription Card: You can get it for $12.50, a $12.50 savings off its regular retail price of $25.

Xbox One Controller: Buy it for $39, a $10 savings off its regular retail price of $49.

PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 Controller: Get it for $39, an $8 savings off its regular retail price of $47.

Arcade1Up Galaga Machine: It’s yours for $249, a $50 savings off its regular retail price of $299.

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How PUBG has redefined the Indian gaming ecosystem forever

Indians are well and truly addicted to PUBG thanks to affordable broadband access all over the country. The success of this online multiplayer game is clearly an inflection point for the Indian gaming industry. Will desi titles finally succeed?  

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Earlier this month, I went to my home town in Rajasthan and played PUBG in the overnight bus from Jaipur to Bikaner. I thought I would play one game while the bus was still in Jaipur as the game requires high speed data to play with 100 players synchronously. To my surprise, I ended up playing for four straight hours through the night while the bus travelled through rural Rajasthan – and the game worked throughout!

It was just one example of how India is now truly connected and how things that we thought were unimaginable not so long ago are a reality today. When Jio rolled out its nationwide network and slashed wireless broadband prices, it unleashed – among other things – the tailwind needed for the development of the Indian mobile gaming ecosystem. Global games with a massive following in other markets have been waiting on the sidelines for a long time.

PUBG, from Tencent,  has not only taken the lead in gaining the Indian gaming mindshare but is leading the way for the creation of amazing games for India over the next decade.

When I was moving back to India two years ago, one thing was clear to me – India’s masses have a lot of free time. Whenever I spent time at my cousin’s shop in a Tier 3 town, or in my village in Rajasthan, I could see that people had at least 3-4 hours to kill during their work day. This is excluding the 5-6 hours they have after work when there is little to do in these small towns. This insight made me a firm believer that if a company could provide a credible way for people to kill time on their phones, adoption would be massive. Again, from global experience, I felt that video consumption and mobile gaming would get maximum traction.

We have seen the early signs of growth for the mobile gaming ecosystem in India for the last two years. Game downloads have increased 8-10x, with the active mobile gaming population growing to approximately 200 million. [Source: ET Bureau and App Annie]. This number is expected to grow to 450 million by 2021. Even though the numbers seem large, these are still early days of gaming in India.

Gaming in India: big on downloads, low on revenue

India has become the fifth-largest country by game downloads but remains far behind on gaming revenue. The most widely adopted games in India have, at best, been sub-100MB, single-player or turn-based games. Here’s the thing: games are much more exciting when you play them with others, compete with them and gain recognition among friends and other gamers.

Most of India has not experienced this sort of multi-player gaming as yet; people who have played Age of Empires (AOE) or Counter Strike or Quake during their undergrad days are a small subset and would relate to this format.

I remember getting addicted to AOE during my IIT days and playing it over LAN with seven other players in teams of up to four (there are three modes – solo, duo and squad). The experience of playing it with other friends just made the game so much more interesting that we would play 14-16 hours a day at times and also watch the recordings of the game to improve our game. I remember reading about how (Flipkart Co-founder) Sachin Bansal was a pro Quake player and played competitively during his IIT days.

And that’s how it was – pockets of players. In parallel, most mobile game developers I have spoken to have been very wary of developing multi-player and graphics-heavy games for India. Their scepticism was based on their experiences from the last decade when India was truly crunched for data and, until recently, for phone space. This was the state until PUBG hit our screens.

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Nostalgic Gaming: Why Players are Returning to the Retro Wave

Over the years, gaming has changed drastically and with so many modern consoles and games being developed and released, gamers around the world have many options when it comes to playing games at home. While these modern gadgets and game titles are huge sellers and deliver the ultimate gaming experience, many players still enjoy the retro games from years ago. Nostalgic gaming has become quite popular and even with so many new games and new devices, players are turning back the hands of time and enjoying the games they played while growing up.

Anyone that lived in the 1980s and 1990s will have enjoyed the first gaming consoles and while these offer toned down graphics and options compared to the games of today, they are still enjoyed by many. In fact, thousands of gamers claim they prefer to play retro-style games over those being offered today. Not only is cost a factor, but the sheer enjoyment of simple games has many players seeking those retro consoles and titles.

The Rebirth of Retro Gaming

Retro gaming is also referred to as classic gaming and takes place using old systems that are very out of date. Many players over the years have become fans of popular games and characters from the retro games that were played, such as Pac-Man, Super Mario, and Kirby. The rebirth of retro games is not only happening through consoles but is found just about everywhere. Players are enjoying merchandise that features retro characters and there are some amazing accessories that can be purchased at retailers.

Quarter Arcades Pac-man Cabinet

Quarter Arcades Pac-man Cabinet

Now, many players who have enjoyed retro games over the years can benefit from consoles that are designed to offer hundreds of titles without having to purchase separate games. Nintendo released a console that contained many of the older games that were enjoyed and there is talk that Atari will be doing the same. Retro gaming is on the rise again and many people who started playing video games when they were first released are enjoying taking a trip back in time and reliving their youth and even sharing that experience with their own children.

Great Retro Game Consoles

Between Atari, Nintendo, PlayStation, and Sega, there are some great consoles that can still be used and even purchased, which will allow players to enjoy their preferred retro games. Since these consoles are used and quiet od they will not cost much and are often sold in bundles with some popular game titles. As for Nintendo consoles. Retro gamers will love getting their hands o the original SNES console, Game Cube, GameBoy, and NES Classic.

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PlayStation fans will be able to find the original PlayStation console as well as PS2, both of which can offer hours of gaming excitement with some of the best titles that have ever been created. Atari lovers will be able to get back in the action with Pac-Man, Space Invaders, BurgerTime, Frogger, Donkey Kong, and some other great retro titles with the Atari 2600 and 7200 consoles.

Retro Games at Casino Sites

Players who love retro games will not only get their thrills from console games but can also enjoy popular characters that are featured with casino games. A number of online casinos offer retro style games as specialty games and they also offer amazing slots that feature retro action, such as Tetris themed games and even Pac-Man games. At leading casino sites like Casumo, players will find a number of retro-themed casino games that can be played, all offering the chance to generate payouts while taking a trip back in time.

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Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) Announces Eight New Members Join Organization

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The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) announced today that its Board of Directors has approved the membership applications of eight new companies, bringing the trade group comprised of the world’s leading gaming suppliers to a total of 166.

The new AGEM members are:

  • Aon, based in London, with offices in Las Vegas and 120 countries, is a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions.
  • Atlas Gaming, based in Melbourne, Australia, is a manufacturer of slot machines and games for the global market.
  • Gaming Publishing / G3 Magazine, based in Burnley, United Kingdom, is a leading news provider for the global gaming industry through its print edition and the G3Newswire online portal.
  • Leadman Electronics USA, based in Santa Clara, California, delivers high-quality technology products and online logistics management services nationwide.
  • Posiflex Business Machines, based in Hayward, California, has been a leader in the design and manufacture of point-of-sale and industrial touch terminals and kiosks since 1984.
  • Synergy Blue, based in Palm Desert, California, is a leading provider of skill-based games and platforms for an emerging class of game players.
  • TACK Electronics, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a contract manufacturer specializing in high-quality custom harnesses and cable assemblies.
  • Yogonet, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was founded in 2002 and offers a leading business-to-business publication for the gaming industry.

AGEM is a non-profit international trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of electronic gaming devices, lotteries, systems, table games, online technology, sports betting, key components and support products and services for the gaming industry. AGEM works to further the interests of gaming equipment suppliers throughout the world. Through political action, regulatory influence, trade show partnerships, educational alliances, information dissemination and good corporate citizenship, the members of AGEM work together to create benefits for every company within the organization. Together, AGEM has assisted regulatory agencies and participated in the legislative process to solve problems and create a business environment where AGEM members can prosper while providing a strong level of support to education and responsible gaming initiatives. For more information, visit www.AGEM.org.

The current AGEM membership roster, 166 companies strong based in 22 countries, is a who’s who of the supplier segment of the global gaming industry: AGEM Gold Members: AGS, Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat Technologies, Everi, International Game Technology (IGT), Konami Gaming, Merkur Gaming, NOVOMATIC Group, Scientific Games and Sega Sammy Creation. AGEM Silver Members: Action Gaming, Aruze Gaming America, Betson Enterprises, Casino Technology, Crane Payment Innovations (CPI), Gaming Partners International (GPI), Inspired Gaming, JCM Global, Ortiz Gaming, Quixant PLC, Suzo-Happ Group, TCSJohnHuxley, TransAct Technologies and Zitro. AGEM Bronze Members: Abbiati Casino Equipment, Ace Systems Mx, Alfastreet, Amatic Industries, APEX gaming, Atlas Gaming, Astro Corp., BetConstruct, Bingotimes Digital Technology, Cammegh Limited, Century Gaming Technologies, CG Technology (CGT), Cole Kepro International, DR Gaming Technology (DRGT), Euro Games Technology (EGT), Exacta Systems, FBM, Galaxy Gaming, Gamblit Gaming, GameCo, Gaming Arts, Gaming Support, Glory Global Solutions, Grand Vision Gaming, Incredible Technologies, Interblock USA, Jackpot Digital, Jumbo Technology, Matsui Gaming Machine Co., Metronia, Patriot Gaming & Electronics, PDS Gaming, RCT Gaming, Spintec, Synergy Blue, Table Trac, Weike Gaming Technology, Wells-Gardner Technologies, Win Systems and Worldpay Gaming. AGEM Associate Members: 3M Touch Systems, Adlink Technology, Advantech-Innocore, Agilysys, Aon, ArdentSky, Arrow International, Asimex Global, Atrient, Automated Cashless Systems, Automated Systems America, Inc. (ASAI), Axiomtek, BDO USA, British Group Interactive (BGI), Capco, Carmanah Signs, Catapult Global, CDC Gaming Reports, CMC Trading Engineering (International) Ltd, Comer Holdings, Comtrade Gaming, Cooper Levenson, Deloitte LLP, Digital Instinct, DiTronics Financial Services, Dominode, Duane Morris LLP, E4 Gaming, EFCOtec Corporation, Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, Elite Gaming Technology, Fantini Research, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, Fox Rothschild, G2 Game Design, Gambling Compliance, Gamesman, Gaming Capital Group, Gaming Publishing / G3 Magazine, GAN, Ganlot, Gary Platt Manufacturing, Gasser Chair Company, Genesis Interactive Technologies, GET IN Global, Global Gaming Business (GGB) Magazine, Global Gaming Group (G3), Greenberg Traurig, GSL Gaming Group, House Advantage, Howard & Howard, Impact Display Solutions, Intel, IPS, James Industries, James Industry Research Group, Jones Walker, JP Morgan Chase, KEY-BAK, Kiron Interactive, Kontron, Lazcano Sámano, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, Leadman Electronics USA, Lightstone Solutions, Majestic Realty, Millennial Esports, NanoLumens, Nanoptix, Olsen Gaming / Spectronix, Outpost Creative, Patir Casino Seating, Plus Studios, Portilla Ruy-Díaz y Aguilar, Posiflex Business Machines, Proforma GPS, Regulatory Management Counselors (RMC), Rising Digital, RMMC, RSM US LLP, SAP, SCA Gaming, Sightline Payments, Southco, Southwest Manufacturing Services, Spin Games, StylGame USA, TACK Electronics, Taft Stettinius & Hollister, Talent Associates, The Bright Group, The United States Playing Card Company, Touch Dynamic, Tournament One, TOVIS, TraffGen USA, Veridocs, Wells Fargo, Yogonet, Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO) and Zebra Technologies.

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Razer’s BlackWidow Lite turns its gaming keyboard professional

Razer’s BlackWidow keyboard is probably the company’s most well-known gaming keyboard, and now it’s getting a more professionally focused version with the BlackWidow Lite.

The BlackWidow Lite is a mechanical keyboard, which may raise an eyebrow for those who have co-workers who don’t enjoy the clatter of keys, but the company says that its using its Razer Orange switches for “near-silent, tactile feedback.” The keyboard also comes with additional o-rings for the keys to help cut out even more noise, if that’s your thing.

The rest of the BlackWidow Lite is pretty standard for a Razer keyboard. There’s illuminated keys that can be synced with Razer’s Synapse app (although they’re sadly just white LEDs, not the usual rainbow). And while the focus of the BlackWidow Lite is on work, it’ll do just fine for gaming: the keys are fully programable with macros, and there’s a built-in gaming mode that disables the Windows key and alt+tab keyboard combination so you don’t accidentally switch out of your game in a crucial moment.

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eBay Pre-Black Friday 2018: Best Deals On Gaming Consoles And Accessories

If you’re ready to go shopping online and want to find some deals, eBay is an outstanding destination.

Over the years, eBay has evolved into a desirable destination for online shoppers. The marketplace has a variety of products new and old, new and used, and offers some of the best prices on the market. Best of all, eBay has solidified itself as a place where you can find the products you desire at prices you’d be surprised to get.

It’s against that backdrop that we recently evaluated eBay for deals on video game products. From the latest and greatest consoles to the best games, eBay has some of the best deals available on gaming products.

So read on through our roundup of gaming deals to find the best offers from eBay on a variety of products. The following offers are sure to save you serious cash:

Microsoft Xbox One X

Microsoft Xbox One X

Microsoft’s Xbox One X is available on the cheap at eBay. But you’ll need to be willing to get a refurbished model to take advantage.

The Xbox One X offer on eBay comes with a 1TB drive and is capable of playing video games in all their 4K glory. The console comes in black and includes a controller in the bundle. Add that to surround sound support and one of the most appealing online gaming platforms on the market, and it’s a clear winner.

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Microsoft’s console has been refurbished, which means it’s been fixed and verified to be working properly. It comes with a 90-day warranty in case anything goes wrong.

It regularly retails for $500, but you can get it now on eBay for $400.

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Super Mario Party

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Nintendo’s Super Mario Party has quickly become one of the most popular games for the company’s Switch console. And it’s available now for a discounted price on eBay.

When you boot up Super Mario Party, you’ll find a game that comes with a slew of minigames that make it fun to play the title. You can also play as your favorite Nintendo characters, including Mario, Luigi, Bowser, and others. It’s a game that’s fun for the whole family and offers compelling gameplay for hours.

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