Mobile Games in Spain

While 38% of Spain’s 44 million residents have access to the internet via fixed line, Spain also has one of Europe’s largest mobile communications markets in Europe, with current statistics showing 109% penetration.

Couple that with Spain’s love of skill games and their propensity to gamble (again one of the largest gambling markets in Europe, with some 30 billion euros spent on gambling in 2006 according to national statistics) you can see the potential for the games market and in particular the future growth potential in the mobile gaming market.

The majority of Spain’s broadband users could only access around 1mb/s in 2006 and for many the average speed was much less. This is due to the lack of investment and renewal of fixed line technology. Telefonica who own most of the fixed lines and who lease them to service providers like Ya.com or Spantel, have failed to invest in fixed line technology, and the nature of their telephone lines has been the common reason why many have only been able to receive low bandwidth.

Many of Spain’s residents who live outside main towns or cities also fail to receive high speeds (indeed many even fail to obtain adsl at all) as the distance from the central exchange point causes attenuation on lines. Without investment in repeaters or exchange points, residents are now turning to internet access via mobile phones or USB modems as a faster and more reliable way of connecting to search the internet or play games.

Together with Vodafone (one of the three main operators of mobile communications in Spain) and Nortel, recently investing heavily in 3.6 megabit 3G communications technology for Spain, users are now able to access speeds averaging around 2mb/s, faster than the average fixed line bandwidth speeds in other major European countries.

The higher speeds allow greater variation in services, and one of the major services provided to mobile users is online gaming.

Nokia NGage, who recently undertook a survey of mobile gamers in Europe, state that 77% of Spanish subscribes play games on their mobile at least once per week, with some 14% at least once every day.

64% of mobile users in Spain play games on the move, more so than at home which is only 50%. Multiplayer gaming is becoming more popular with 17% currently accessing multi-player games each week and averaging 28 minutes sessions.

Silicon Seeds (an online mobile games site) also claim that Spain is the second biggest market in Europe for downloading mobile games.

Movilenio’s Ludo was the best-selling mobile game for Vodafone Spain in December 2005, and was featured on the Vodafone Live portal for weeks.

Bingo is another multi-player game which is proving popular in Spain, though while growth in registrations in particularly fast, actual cash play is proving much more difficult to accomplish as it seems the Spanish much prefer free-play games. Perhaps this is also due to Spain’s lack of confidence in providing credit card details over the internet or over the air. However, it is not thought to be too long before bingo will be offered over the air to mobile subscribers as e-gaming magazine report recent further development of mobile bingo and casino games from some of the big mobile gaming development companies.

So while countries like the UK and Sweden continue the fastest growth of bandwidth capabilities together with online bingo gaming offerings, the future for online bingo in Spain is certainly more mobile.

10 Must Have Mobile Game Development Engines You Should Have

Mobile app development seems to be the latest thing in the marketing and the game world. Organizations are in need of developers who can convert their vision into efficient apps and developers are in need of efficient frameworks to accommodate the growing diversity and variety of mobile platforms and app genres. The not so easiest way to accomplish this would be to write separate platform specific codes for the same app for different platforms. This could be time consuming, redundant and tiring for the developer. But smart developers take an easy route of using cross platform game development engines that let them write the code only once and deploy it to android, iOS and any other platform without having to maintain multiple code bases. The following are some of the best game engines and development tools that can be used to make your game development efforts simpler and more fruitful.

• Edgelib

Edgelib gives you an edge over game development with its 2D and 3D middleware engine that supports android, iOS, Windows Mobile and Symbian.

• JMonkey Engine

Jmonkey is an open source free Java OpenGL engine that lets you create Java programs with ease and port them to any OpenGL 2 compatible devices.

• DragonFire

If you are going to use Windows for iPhone and iPad 2D development, DragonFire is where you have to turn to. It is the best tool for creating interactive games like CakeoRama and Little Train.

• Shiva3D

Developers of Shiva3D claim it to be ‘the most cross platform’ 3D game engine. It stays true to its claim as it supports almost all operating systems like Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry OS and iOS.

• Corona SDK

Corona is probably the most popular platform when it comes to cross platform game development. About 150,000 developers have been using Corona for developing games of various genres.

• Unreal Development Kit

Unreal Engine III is a leading tool that is widely adopted for industry practices. Now you can get your own Unreal Engine’s free version in the form of Unreal Development Kit. The most prominent features of this kit are the advanced 3D simulations, games and apps deployable in both android and iOS.

• Emo

Emo makes use of Squirrel scripting language and is based on OpenGL ES and OpenAL/OpenSL making it a remarkable open source framework for Mobile game development. With EMO you need to write your code only once for running it on both android and iOS platforms.

• Libdx

Libdx also provides the advantage of writing code only once and deploying it to different platforms. With Libdx framework you can write applications for Java 3D/2D, HTML5 and android.

• Newton

Adding real-time physics to your games is no more a burning out hard work. Use Newton, an amazing open source physics engine that lets you add physics into your apps. Newton is zlib-licensed and is free for everyone. You just have to know the basics of physics principles to get started with Newton.

• Android Box2D

Android Box2D is a marvelous award winning physics engine. It gives you an excellent framework for applying 2D rigid body physics to your Android apps. It is specifically written for Android developers and is coded using C++.

Mobile 3D Game Development and the Mobile Gaming Experience

Mobile 3D game development is a lucrative portion of the app industry, since it comprises almost 70% of all mobile applications. This growth has been accelerated with the arrival of smartphones and tablets in the world market. Reputed companies that develop such software taking gaming to a new level in this domain through a variety of platforms and with the usage of latest technology.

Market intelligence company Juniper Research explains that as per its recent report, smartphones and tablets would be major devices through which apps will be purchased in the future. As per the company, 64.1 billion smart device game app downloads would take place during 2017, which is much higher than the 21 billion figure that was achieved in 2012. This clearly shows that the mobile sectos is expected to continue growing at a frenetic pace.

Apart from the above, Juniper also anticipates that cloud technology will play a major role in supporting the operations of multi-platform games, as per author Siân Rowlands. These should include a big chunk of 3D games. To provide the best gaming experience, phone device memory continues to rise, resulting in better graphics. Hand-held video game consoles such as 3DS are clearly being affected by the increase in smartphones and tablets. This can be proven by this fact that Nintendo has cut its forecast for 3DS sales by 14 percent.

Through some more statistics, it can be observed that the market for mobile gaming is rising fast. iOS and Android are the main platforms used for the same, followed by others such as Windows. Different categories for gaming are puzzles, platform and tile-based ones, 2D RPG, strategy and racing. Mobile game development companies have experience developers who create J2ME games with the help of their SDKs. Mobile games on this platform are faster than others.

As a general rule, developers need to be aware of the device for which they are creating games and incorporate features accordingly. The game operates on the basis of the processor and its speed, according to which features should be incorporated. Such software creation requires detailed coding to be undertaken at every stage. Testing and debugging are also equally important.

One platform that is commonly used for creation of play software is Unity. With it, cross-platform games for both Android and iOS can be created free of cost. Smartphones, PCs and tablets can also benefit from these software, which was not freely available earlier. Making it free has increased the number of developers for the same.

Due to such accelerated growth, experienced mobile game developers are greatly in demand. Before giving the responsibility of creation to a company, it must be ensured that designers and programmers are adequately trained and have previously worked on gaming development.