As the world shifts towards the increased use of technology in everyday life, technology seems to be constantly improving to provide users with only the best experiences. From Smart TVs to even more advanced smartphones, technology is constantly improving. With this evolution of technology, mobile gaming is also an industry that has come a long way from its origin. Dating back to the 1990s, Nokia users were able to play the simplest of games such as snakes on their devices. Thanks to emerging technologies however, users today have the option of downloading any mobile applications of their choice, specifically any mobile game.
The mobile gaming industry globally is currently in it’s prime. With almost everyone having some version of a smartphone and due to the ease of access of these games, mobile games are becoming increasingly popular. Games such as Fortnite by Epic Games and PUBG by TenCent rake in over millions of dollars a month.
Specifically, the Canadian mobile gaming industry has also been excelling under these conditions. Some of Canada’s most popular mobile game developers such as Relic Entertainment and Big Blue Bubble have also been able to generate similar profits.
The added variety of mobile gaming has been of significant influence on the gaming industry in the country bringing in revenues of an estimated USD$857M in 2020 with USD$317M from the mobile gaming sector alone.
With the increased usage of mobile gaming in Canada, there is potential in this industry. Additional users each day and their feedback has contributed to Canada achieving the 25th position globally in overall mobile gaming experience compared to the US which is at 35th. Being the top 25 pushes Canada to strive for improvement and rank even higher in the coming years. Relatively, there are several efforts working towards the same goal.
The most significant effort stems from the increasing market for esports. Games such as Counterstrike have over 19 squads competing for prize money worth several million dollars. Players have been known to generate a following by playing and streaming their games on platforms such as Twitch and YouTube like Canadian steamer Sonja Reid also known as OMGitsfirefoxx. The greater the reach of these streaming platforms, the greater the excitement and energy behind it and the more likely viewers are to turn to playing themselves. In Canada, developers can continually create content to provide mobile gamers with engaging and exciting material to keep driving the market. This is also profitable for the Canadian government as it looks forward to the gaming industry to continue making significant contributions to the national GDP over the years.
The entertainment software industry contributed $4.5B to Canada’s GDP in 2019 alone and employs over 48,000 people which includes 27,700 directly working with video game companies.(https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/video-game-development-industry-contributes-4-5b-to-canada-s-economy-850704435.html). This GDP contribution made by the gaming industry is only going to increase as advancement in video game development takes place. This industry focuses on innovation and research in order to develop new emerging technologies and intellectual property. Through research and development, gaming has expanded to smart phones, tablets, motion sensor gaming consoles and even cloud-based gaming. This development involves physics simulation, artificial intelligence, graphics acceleration and several other features that need to be simulated to create the ultimate gaming experience.
With the advancements so far, the industry is looking forward to providing its users with potential 3-D gaming and revolutionary simulations in the coming generations of consoles.
This product development is extremely well supported by the federal government of Canada. Innovation and R&D have always been supportive of such efforts and are available to all businesses to maximize. Such projects are especially eligible for the Scientific Research and Experimental Development tax program which rewards R&D efforts and funds similar projects. Applicants can expect to receive a tax credit, or a cash refund based on the qualifying expenditures of their SRED project. Provincial governments also fund such efforts on different levels such as the Digital Media Tax Credits offered in Ontario etc. through other innovation grants for all industries.
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