Monday, December 12, 2005

Trends: Mobile gaming becoming big business

Mobile games used to be black and white snake games on tiny screens. In the last few years, we've seen the mobile gaming industry go from the classic Gameboy to the various high end portable consoles we now have like the PSP and Nintendo DS. Cell phones now have processors going up to 400 MHz, which is more than a PC had just 10 years ago. So it's pretty easy to see why Electronic Arts put in $680 Million in cash to buy Jamdat, a cell phone games maker.

The cell phone gaming industry is worth $2 billion in 2005, and is growing at a huge pace. Today a report came out saying up to 100 startups get into the game with wireless applications for cell phones. The most successful games right now seem to be mobile versions of new console or PC games, or mobile games that go with new movies. The big war over who will dominate the cell phone gaming market is just beginning.

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