The name may include “game,” but it’s big business to the 24,000 attendees who will congregate in San Francisco March 2-6 for the 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC).
GDC is the world’s largest and longest-running professionals-only game industry event. It’s the number one annual meeting ground where programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers, and others involved in the development of interactive games gather to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry.
This market defining conference features over 400 lectures, panels, tutorials, and round-table discussions on a comprehensive selection of game development topics taught by leading industry experts. In addition, the GDC expo showcases all of the most relevant game development tools, platforms and services helping to drive the industry forward.
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Despite concerns that interest in mobile gaming would die out after the novelty wore off, it seems the mobile gaming is only becoming more popular — and profitable.
This next year, it is expected that interest in mobile gaming is actually going to surpass console gaming, which would make it the biggest sector of the entire gaming market.
A recent study by Newzoo went so far as to indicate that mobile gaming revenues will shoot up by 42% over the next year, with almost $41 billion in revenues by 2017.
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When they first started out, Sleepy Giant was a game operations provider and also, at one point, made their own titles. Today, however, they’ve changed their name to Adaptiv.io and, rather than making games, they now help marketing managers to acquire more users for the games they market.
In making the change, VentureBeat confirms, Adaptiv.io joins the growing ranks of companies that help their clients target customers and induce them to spend not only more time with their games but, more importantly, more money.
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Last year, restaurant chain Old Chicago took its popular pen and paper game Beat the Leader and put it online. This year, they are taking things one step further with an increased focus on mobile.
So far, they are seeing over half off all traffic to Beat the Leader coming from smartphones and mobile devices.
Not just that, but mobile availability has drastically increased participation in all off their 90+ restaurants. They have well over 1,000 regular participants this year, with approximately 6,000 coming from mobile devices.
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“Americans are spending inordinate amounts of time flinging angry birds, crushing candy, and finding numerical patterns on their mobile phones,” begins a commentary by Mike Shields. “In other words, mobile gaming is exploding. So are mobile games destined to become the next great ad medium?”
Shields’ essay at the Wall Street Journal blog discusses the burgeoning interest in melding mobile games with mobile advertising.
“Talk to executives from both the online ad industry and the mobile gaming sector and you’ll find opinions are sharply divided on this issue,” Shields notes. “You’ll hear sentiments ranging from ‘this is the future of advertising’ to ‘this is never going to happen.’”
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A new report from Juniper Research estimates that by 2016 total revenues from mobile games will reach $28.9 billion.
If the projection manifests, it will represent growth of over 38% on the 2014 figure of $20.9 billion.
The report highlights that in an effort to maximize their apps’ potential, developers are turning their focus on increasing user lifetime value.
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Native advertising has become one of the hottest marketing strategies in the digital world today. And mobile games are proving to be a major target for native advertising’s proponents.
In fact, NativeX recently announced the launch of its global native ad exchange designed to best monetize free-to-play mobile games.
NativeX says its exchange is the first and only mobile ad exchange built for mobile games, which attract the most activity on iOS and Android devices by far, but are extremely difficult for most developers to monetize.
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