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More than 2.6 billion people play games on their mobile devices, with most said to be enjoying the games while on the loo! Over the years, technological enhancements and new game features have meant the overall experience has changed dramatically – but that’s not the only impressive thing. In fact, here we reveal some of the most interesting facts that just might surprise you. 

Mobile gaming launched in the 90s

The 90s doesn’t feel that long ago, does it? But this was when the first-ever mobile phone game was released. In 1994, gamers began to play a pre-installed version of Tetris. A few years later, in 1997, Nokia launched Snake, but only selected phone models could enjoy it. Having first been played by Nokia 6110 users, now over 400 million devices have the game. In fact, it soon became one of the most played video games in the world. 

As more people became interested, mobile manufacturers launched even more products. It was only time before big-name casino brands and online gaming platforms began to tap into the mobile network. Today, individuals can enjoy bingo, slot games, and even poker – whenever and wherever they want. There isn’t just variety in the types of games either, every subcategory boasts a myriad of game styles from a variety of respected developers.

Nokia kicked off multiplayer games

First, they launched one of our favourite games and then they introduced multiplayer gaming – again, on the Nokia 6110. This time, it allowed two individuals to play Snake using their own mobile phones. 

Fast forward to 2011 and Nokia Malaysia actually broke a world record for the largest group of people in a mobile phone game. Over 2,000 people showed up to play Angry Birds for 10 hours straight! While we’re on the subject of Angry Birds, you probably won’t be surprised to know that this game has had over 250 million downloads. 

The 10-hour gameplay of Angry Birds isn’t the longest session though. In 2011, a team of Austrian mobile gamers played for 24 hours and 10 minutes continuously. 

It’s a sociable thing

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study from Twitch revealed that mobile gamers are more socially active than those that don’t play games. Not just that, but gamers are more socially conscious and value friendships more, compared to non-gamers. 

It doesn’t just have an effect on your relationships, as gaming can be good for our brain and thinking abilities. Cynthia Green, a doctor, explained that mobile games require us to think and focus quickly and keep our brains flexible. What’s more, some mobile games can actually train the brain to be and stay sharp. 

It’s becoming more popular

Gaming as an industry is growing in size and popularity, and mobile gaming has a big role to play. It’s believed that 200 million minutes every day are spent playing games, but it’s not just becoming more popular amongst gamers. 

The Academy of Interactive Arts and Science hosts its Interactive Achievement Awards every year. In 2012, they added the Mobile Game of the Year Award for the first time – highlighting that, as a sub-sector, it’s becoming commemorated too. 

These facts show how far mobile gaming has come. As we look ahead, it’s thought that even more games will be released and the likes of cryptocurrency and virtual reality will further change the experience for gamers and mobile manufacturers. One thing’s for sure, whatever type of mobile game you’re interested in, you’re sure to find it online.

By Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO and expert in transport and Mobile tech. A fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia Mobile expert, Former Nokia/Microsoft VIP,Multiple forum tech supporter with worldwide top ranking,Working in the background on mobile technology, Weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show, Cavan TV and on TRT WORLD. Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger. Security and logisitcs Professional.