We all know that gaming revenue is on the up. If you read the 2018 Global Games Market report from Newzoo, you’ll now that consumers spent more than $137 billion on games that year. Breaking down the numbers, we also know that mobile games have become the biggest revenue driver over the last five years. In 2018, smartphone and tablet games generated more than $70 billion. As well as making mobiles the dominant force within the industry (51% of total revenue), that figure represents 25.5% year-on-year growth.
Given the current level of interest and, moreover, innovation taking place within the mobile gaming, this dominance is likely to go unchallenged for at least a few more years. However, while few would argue this sector has been responsible for the recent revenue spike, there is another reason. Less obvious but no less important, casino gaming has also helped play a part in the overall appeal of gaming.
Casino Gaming Has Become a Multi-Billion-Dollar Industry
Although it’s not listed in Newzoo’s report, casino gaming is a behemoth in its own right. According to Statista, revenue in 2017 was more than $45 billion. At that level, online casino operators generate more total revenue than console and PC gaming companies. Looking at how the sector of the industry became so lucrative is a two-art equation. Firstly, the inherent appeal of casino games is one that’s gripped cultures around the world for centuries. Indeed, if you look back through history, games such as blackjack were being played as far back as the 1700s.
The second reason for online casino gaming’s success is incentives. Because there are never any certainties when you play slots, baccarat etc, operators have had to find ways to improve a customer’s overall experience. One way they’ve done that is bonuses. Although they’re not designed to offset someone’s losses, they do offer a break from bad luck. The recently revamped NetEnt Casino details the latest offers and highlights how this is the case.
By categorizing bonuses by size, style, type and location, the site has made it easy for players to review, compare and, ultimately, find the best deals. So, if they’re a fan of online slots, they can use the site to pick out an offer such as the NetEnt Casino 20 free spins no deposit bonus. As well as a link to the deal, they can get the low on its terms and conditions before committing to it. Armed with all the necessary information, they can use their free spins to shoot for real money prizes. The benefit of this is that they can win some cash and enjoy a bit of mystery and intrigue at the same time. This, arguably, helps to improve their overall experience.
Survive your evolution in Neogene Africa starting 10 million years ago. Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a third-person open world survival game where you Explore, Expand, and Evolve to advance your clan to the next generation in the exciting new adventure from the creator of Assassin’s Creed.
Embark on the most incredible odyssey known to humankind: human evolution. Spanning from 10 million to 2 million years ago, begin your journey, “Before Us,” in Neogene period Africa. Explore a beautiful yet ruthless world from swinging through tree branches in the jungle to stalking prey across the golden savannah grasslands. Decide what attributes to learn and hone in order to pass down knowledge to future generations, from crafting tools to enhancing evasive tactics against predators. Just like real life, make sure to eat, drink, and sleep to stay alive and have the energy to face any danger that may come your way.
Grow your clan and find strength in numbers as you progress through critical evolutionary stages of human evolution. Your choices will write your clan’s story and determine if you can survive your evolution.
Gears of War & Funko Pop! have joined forces to deliver you explosive real-time multiplayer battles in the Gears universe.
Mix-and-match an army from iconic Gears of War heroes and villains, each designed with distinctive and collectible Funko Pop! vinyl design. Once you’ve assembled your squad, lead them to victory against other collectors in fast-paced tactical cover-combat!
Strive for supremacy on iconic Gears battlefields in real-time PVP assaults.
Over 30 Gears of War characters are ready for your orders, all brought to life from authentic Funko Pop! designs.
Build your squad the way you want, mixing and matching COG & Locust units like never before.
Create a custom Funko Pop! avatar to represent YOU on the battlefield.
Turn the tide of battle with powerful ‘Ultimate’ abilities, including the devastating Hammer of Dawn.
Battle through the arenas and into big leagues to challenge the best players in the world and fight for even better rewards.
Test your mettle against AI opponents to try out new squads and hone your strategies.
Funcom released a new DLC for Conan Exiles, accentuating the brutal life in The Exiled Lands. Blood and Sand introduces new and exquisite weapons, ferocious armor and arena building pieces to The Exiled Lands. Also released is a free update containing new and improved PvP mechanics.
The DLC is available right now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC for $ 9.99 / € 9.99 (regional differences may apply). Additionally, a free update was also released, containing various bug fixes, new items and a PvP overhaul. The free update introduces the Battle Standard, which can be placed to create PvP zones. This will allow players to create massive arenas and fighting pits, even on PvE servers. Participating in PvP on PvE servers will be entirely optional
The Blood and Sand pack contains:
29 new arena building pieces - A set of building pieces made for arenas and vaults.
15 new armor pieces - In three sets, such as the Bear Shaman armor Light, medium and heavy sets with an epic end-game version of each.
19 new weapons - In the Bloodletter set plus all new weapons Same power as iron weapons with an epic end-game version of each weapon.
15 new war banner placeables - Decorate your new arena or castle with all new war banners.
All the new content in Blood and Sand is exclusive to this DLC and adds a host of new visual options, but does not give any in-game advantage in power. All the new items have comparable stats to existing items.
Let's take a look at the official Blood and Sand Trailer.
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Xbox Live Gold members will receive four new free games in May - two on Xbox One and two on Xbox 360 - as part of the Games with Gold program. You can play both Xbox 360 titles on your Xbox One with Backward Compatibility.
On Xbox One, Xbox Live Gold members can download Marooners (normally $9.99 ERP) for free during the month of May. The Golf Club 2019 featuring PGA TOUR (worth $49.99 ERP) will be available as a free download from May 16th to June 15th.
On Xbox 360, starting May 1st, Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon (normally $19.99 ERP) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through May 15th. Then on May 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Comic Jumper ($14.99 ERP) for free through May 31st.
The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition was created for those who prefer to find and play their games digitally and are looking for the most affordable way to play Xbox games. Take your cloud saves on the go, and enjoy the ability to preorder and pre-install upcoming games so you're ready to play the moment they launch.
The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition comes bundled with three of our most compelling and popular games - Minecraft, Forza Horizon 3 and Sea of Thieves. These critically acclaimed titles are sure to offer something for everyone in the family to enjoy.
Available for pre-order today at $249.99 USD, the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is $50 USD less than Xbox One S, and we expect to maintain at least that price difference between the two consoles going forward.
Those new players joining us can get a head start on their digital collections and discover their next favorite game through Xbox Game Pass. If you haven't tried Xbox Game Pass yet, the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition comes with a special offer to get started with access to over 100 great games, and with new games being added all the time there will always be something new to queue in your digital library. Cord cutters will enjoy watching 4K HDR entertainment with Netflix, Amazon and more, and thousands of Xbox One games are available from the Microsoft Store digitally.
Xbox Games with Gold for June 2020 Revealed Xbox Live Gold members get four new free games as part of the Games With Gold (@GamesWithGold) program in June. #GamesWithGoldXbox Live Gold members will have exclusive access to these games for a lim..