The gaming industry is a rapidly shifting and evolving universe. The current reality of mobile phone and internet capacities would have been considered impossible not too long ago. Just about any kind of entertainment you can imagine is now at your fingertips, and yet the gaming superpowers of our time are constantly striving to create, enhance, and optimize more adventures to send straight to your phone. Here are five of the biggest emerging gaming trends to keep your eye on.

1) AR/VR

Both AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) are unique in that they offer a level of user engagement unmatched by any other platform. They wow users by immersing them in a simulated yet incredibly life-like digital environment. From Google’s 2018 unveiling of their ARCore platform, to Harry Potter: Wizards Unite AR game in 2019, to Apple’s current launching of ARKit, the biggest AR platform in the world, it seems that many brands are depending on AR to stay relevant. Experts predict that global consumer spending on VR/AR content is going to reach around $6.5 billion in 2020, $8 billion in 2021, and over $170 billion in 2022. And considering that all we need to enjoy all these new games is a smart phone and a mobile app, AR/VR is now more widely accessible than ever.

2) Hyper Casual Gaming

Let’s do a quick 180 and talk about what could be considered the polar opposite of AR/VR technology: hyper casual gaming. As opposed to the complexity and holisticness of AR/VR games, users are amused by the lightweight, basic features of hyper casual games. With no tutorials required, it provides an easy breezy instant gameplay experience for the user. The competition in the hyper casual gaming arena is growing as more and more gaming companies enter in search of fun, straightforward games for their users. One of our most popular games is hyper casual! Check out Kick King for android and for IOS!

3) The Rise of Social Features in Casual Games

A newly arising prominent feature in the casual game genre is socializing. Increasingly, users can send each other items, compare high scores and game progression, and participate in guild tasks and competitions during gameplay. UMX Studios most popular games Crashing Sand Dunes (CSD) and King Of Steering (KOS) have adopted social mechanics such as multiplayer mode, text and even voice chat and we expect to see even more casual titles jumping on the bandwagon in the months to come. After all, life is more fun when you can share it with friends!

4) UX/UI in Games

UI (User Interface) and UX (User Experience) are a necessary part of developing an engaging game. They determine the attractiveness of a game’s digital graphics and are an essential part of drawing in more users and providing them with an entertaining and aesthetically pleasing gaming experience. Games that are internationally known for their fantastic UI/UX make up some of the world’s most popular apps, such as Angry Birds, the Candy Crush Saga and Subway Surfers. Impressive advancements in UI and UX are expected to dazzle mobile gamers in 2020.

5) 5G Internet

5G adoption is predicted to go global in the near future. In 2019, Samsung and many other smartphone companies unveiled their first 5G phones, to the delight of the public. Apple is following suit, reportedly preparing to include 5G in its premium iPhones this year. According to Ericsson’s latest Mobility Report, global 5G smartphone subscriptions will reach 84 million by the end of 2020 and 645 million in 2022. With 5G accessibility, streaming apps and games without wi-fi while out and about will become even simpler and faster. The international spread of 5G internet may also prove to be further incentive for the growth of AR/VR technologies