Have Mobile Games and Apps Become More Socially Acceptable?

Many of us can remember when Facebook first started to roll out their fun little games. We were inundated with requests for Farmville and Mafia Wars in our daily steam. It seemed almost every status update was related to a Facebook user achieving a special level on one of these games. Some were enamored with the games and others grew extremely frustrated with all the updates and the endless alerts. As technology has continued to advance, most social media users have accepted the social layer that has morphed into a large part of online gaming.

Mobile and online casinos have grown to a multi million dollar industry for many executives and business owners across the world. In fact, some online gamers will only play these new slots and games from their mobile device and have left their bulky PC’s and Mac to collect dust. This is something that was simply not possible only a decade ago. Not only was it not possible, but it was not socially acceptable. The recent acceptance of United States online casinos has changed drastically in last few years with New Jersey, Delaware, and Decade all offering real money games.

Apps on the iPhone and Android Smartphones

The Google Play Store and Apple App Store report huge numbers, every quarter increased further. With over one billion apps downloaded in each application store it is quite obvious the world is going towards mobile consumption. One sector that has continued to see exponential growth is the mobile gaming industry. With the first iPhone devices and the early Android devices mobile gaming was far from smooth and seamless. Apps would crash in the middle of a game and phones would completely shut down. This was not acceptable for someone that was playing for money so they did not get the repeat visitors that their newer versions now enjoy.

As the operating systems evolved bugs were removed and the overall gaming was much better. Steve Jobs predicted the rise of mobile everything way back in 1883 and since then the developers learned what we wanted; they integrated them and it improved even further for us all. The first time I remember seeing a huge difference was on the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4. Since then, the gaming community and mobile community has accepted that online gaming fun and exciting so there will be a demand for these types of apps for years to come.

In 2005, both Google and Apple made the bold prediction that more people would access the Internet from mobile phones than from desktop or laptop computers. This was prior to the first iPhone. It was a time when flip phones were the “hotness” so the prediction was almost laughable to many and they were ridiculed heavily. Apple and Google ended up getting the last laugh as mobile users are downloading millions of apps per day with no end in sight. Some websites are seeing more consumption on mobile than on desktop and that number is sure to rise as well.

Online Mobile Casinos Thrive

It is not very difficult to find online mobile casinos to start gaming at when the choices are currently fairly limited. Most players will read a new casino review and then decide what one to go with. By searching “casino” in the Google Play store Android users will find over 1000 apps from Spades to Solitaire to Slots. Many online casino games will offer new players the opportunity to fund their account. Prior to funding an account it might be a wise decision to see what types of bonuses are available on these apps. Finding the online mobile casino with the highest bonus may help you make even more money during your gaming adventure, but some come with rules like slot machines only.

Something else that has seen huge growth over the last half decade are sites that are developed for more than one user to interact with each other. When downloading a casino app it is easy to see if some of your friends or contacts are playing in that same virtual casino just like anyone of the other more common social games. When winning it is also nice to show off to someone who may actually care rather then just befriending your computer monitor. The companies that offer these opportunities are smart to encourage gamers to share the app with their friends. The more the merrier, right? In the next 12 to 24 months we are likely to see all types of  mobile games going to a multi player format. Social networking will likely be integrated in some way as well but of course, only time will tell.

There have been rumblings that Google is going to start pushing Google+ into their most popular Google Play gaming apps. It makes sense for them to do this as it will allow gamers to share their earnings or high scores to circles or communities. This will encourage others to take part and win some extra money. With mobile casino games now socially acceptable it is smart for major technology companies to embrace the acceptance and offer the gaming opportunity to a much broader audience. Do not be surprised to find Facebook and Twitter doing the same thing as we move forward.

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Jared Bates

I have been working in, and with different casinos for over twenty years, and as such I have seen many things happen to gambling online and offline. From Vegas to Atlantic City, and small places in between, my passion lies with games where I can win money.

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