For some time now the mobile gaming industry has seen its reasonable share of growth and shake-ups. Now that the market is growing, mobile games are no longer considered distinct from the rest of the games, thanks to the positive changes in the gaming industry.
There has been the upsurge of free apps supported by in-app acquisitions that has led to an outwardly exponential growth in the number and reach of games made for IOS, Android and other smartphone platforms. And that’s why it’s common to find everyone with different versions of mobile games on their gadgets.
With huge profits hitting the app stores, it turns out that mobile games have become so addictive and everyone is downloading. Therefore, developers need to start thinking on how they will be taking the mobile gaming industry into the next generation.
So, as we move into 2017, these are the companies that have always found the shape and mark their places in the business of making mobile games.
With only two major games (Mobile Strike and Game of War) under its belt, Machine has managed to stand out as one of best companies when it comes to developing mobile games.
As opposed to most mobile game developing companies that have several games, Machine Zone has often been viewed as one company that strategizes in delivering the best to market instead of supplying app stores with numerous games. In 2015, they successfully managed to launch their gaming globally into the top earning charts, including in those challenging but highly profitable Asia markets.
“From the beginning, MZ set out to build something that had never been developed before – a massively multiplayer online game that the whole world can play at the same time.
Executing this bold idea was no easy technical endeavor. What resulted was not only the meteoric rise and continued success of Game of War – Fire Age and Mobile Strike, but a global, scalable platform capable of the simultaneous exchange of data between millions of endpoints worldwide with unparalleled speed and efficiency in real time.”
Although the company hardly discloses its revenue to public, their sales are estimated at $1 billion, making them one of the top earning mobile game company in the US.
Blizzard Entertainment has famously been known for its success in PC gaming, but a couple of years ago it developed a plan for the mobile gaming industry.
Their presence in mobile gaming has been marked by Hearthstone, which has remained to be one of the hottest mobile games today. Currently, Hearthstone has recorded more that 40 million registered players all over the globe, and that has really given Blizzard Entertainment a major share in the mobile gaming market.
A few years back, the company had announced that Activision Blizzard was gearing up for the mobile gaming industry and this has really seen them remain as one of the top companies on the global scale. They have recently purchased Candy Crush developers King.
Koreans love and support their mobile games, and Netmarble is one of the mobile game companies that has a dominant position in the mobile gaming industry.
Away from being Korea’s top games company in regard to mobile revenue, Netmarble is a complex and dynamic beast when it comes to developing games.
“Netmarble Games, the number 1 Online Game publisher in Korea, is teaming up with various studios to bring quality mobile entertainment to the world.”
They have partnered with several game developers to bring some of the best games in the industry.
In past few years, Gameloft has been struggling to stamp its place in the current free-to-play mobile game market. Established in the days of Java gaming, Gameloft was among the leading game developers in the mobile gaming business.
Despite the numerous issues with monetization in the mobile gaming industries today, Gameloft have restructured to fit in the market through its appealing title and strategies of distribution.
According to their profile at AMBITIONBOX
“Gameloft has been a top innovator in mobile gaming since 2000. We are proud to have created games for all digital platforms and won more than 30 industry awards in the process. Even as a global company competing at the height of quality, we cultivate a friendly, harmonious atmosphere in each studio so our teams can focus on creating top-quality, engaging experiences for our players.”
Some of their key games include: Despicable Me: Minion Rush, Dungeon Hunter 5, and Asphalt 8: Airborne.
Being one of the top game developers in the gaming industry, it’s not unusual to find Ubisoft on this list. Ubisoft looks to have invested a lot on several internal studio that have brought you some of the industry’s popular games like the Hungry Shark series, Assassins Creed Pirates, Watch Dogs Dark Clouds and others.
“Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms.”
Disney Mobile Studios
It seems that Disney has turned part of its big House of the Mouse’s operation to have a shot at the mobile gaming. Through their interactive mobile division – Disney Mobile Studios – these world renowned developers have managed to take a spot in mobile gaming with several games such as Disney Tsum Tsum, Star Wars: Commander and Frozen Free Fall.
GungHo Online Entertainment
GungHo Online Entertainment has earned a good reputation in the mobile gaming industry after releasing Puzzle & Dragons, which has been a successful adventure for the company.
For several years now, Puzzle & Dragons has remained the bedrock of the company’s revenue. They have consistently worked hard to expand their markets in the US, south east Asia and South Korea, and today they enjoy a top spot in the mobile gaming industry.
According to them
“GungHo develops and distributes popular mobile apps like the 3-match RPG hybrid Puzzle & Dragons (the top grossing app on the App Store and Google Play), as well as the Princess Punt series (downloaded over 6 million times).”
The past 5 years have been great for most mobile gaming companies, except for likes of Gameloft, Glu Mobile and EA Mobile who have been struggling with current free-to-paly platform. We’ve seen several traditional video game developers getting into the mobile space.
For example, the Activision Blizzard’s unforeseen $5.6 billion purchase of King (Candy Crush developer), which has shown that the mobile gaming business is indeed turning lucrative.
And with new trends emerging in the contemporary world of gaming, we should expect to see developers adjusting their systems as they seek to dominate the mobile game industry in 2017 and beyond.
Top 50 Mobile Game Developers by PocketGamer.biz.