When people think of avid gamers, they often picture guys with headsets screaming at their computer screens with snacks in their mouths. While a funny image, this stereotype is a thing of the past. A decade ago, gaming was just a casual pastime for many, but with the rise of professional gaming and esports, the gaming industry has become a lucrative business worth more than a billion dollars.
Gaming in the mobile sphere is rapidly growing, and the previous year alone gave us a glimpse of the untapped potential it possesses. From PUBG Mobile to Free Fire, these games have set the pace for a whole new esports platform. However, this evolution has been hampered by challenges that should be addressed for mobile esports to have a sustainable future.
Here are four main challenges affecting mobile esports in the United States:
An Increasing Number of Cheaters
A gamer’s main motivation is to win. Mobile esports tournaments are created to keep the players engaged and challenge them to reach the next level and ultimately claim victory. However, some players take it a step too far and use hacks or cheats to gain an advantage. While the motive may sound innocent, the repercussions severely hurt the mobile gaming industry.
Cheating is a major cause of players quitting gaming. Professional gamers prize fairness above all else. With many game hacking forum platforms such as the Guided Hacking Forum offering information on different game hacks and cheats, gaming companies need to take protective measures. One effective way of minimizing hacks is using multi-layered mobile app security plans when coding.
Significant Device Inconsistency
With mobile phones, there is a huge variance in makes and models. From standard smartphones to tablets, differences in screen size, processors, inbuilt hardware, among others, are major issues. Players have to master different settings and other adjustable parameters with different devices. With some devices, the lack of various features is a cause for concern.
Different devices may give some players an advantage over others. Having a standardized phone model for different tiers of competition would eliminate these advantages. Many mobile games rely on the player’s reaction time. The reaction time is heavily dependent on the phenomenon of muscle memory and, when given adequate preparation time, the playing field will be even.
Minimal Third Party Tournaments
Currently, many of the mobile gaming tournaments are hosted by their respective game developers. For new games, allowing for control over the gaming rules justifies the same. However, in the long run, it is not effective. Allowing, enabling, and encouraging established third-party brands to host gaming tournaments contributes positively to the game’s growth.
Restricting such tournaments to the developers alone breeds regionalization. This stifles the mobile esports growth further due to one region monopoly, which mainly, is the region with the highest number of active players. Besides, established third-parties have more resources to execute successful mobile gaming tournaments better than the developers can.
App Store Restrictions
The increasing popularity of mobile games has presented a lucrative opportunity for app stores, which are the main distributors for all game developers. Many games contain in-app purchases or are pay-to-play. The purchases are generally subjected to a 30% fee, payable to the app store, which is a major cause of concern for developers.
More industry experts are lobbying the government to put in place laws to reduce these charges. They mainly serve to demotivate these developers and may even result in losses in the case of big gaming companies. This does more harm than good to the mobile gaming industry, which is brimming with potential. The hope is that things will change in the future.
The Future Is Mobile Gaming
The mobile phone is quickly becoming a major player in the digital gaming space. While some people still play mobile games just for fun, the potential of mobile esports becoming a worldwide phenomenon is unmatched. With the right investments and adequate effort to address the current and emerging setbacks, mobile gaming will play a massive role in the future of gaming.