The world is going mobile, that’s undeniable. With more than 2.6 billion devices already on the market and Ericsson’s 2015 Mobility Report predicting that number will increase to 6.1 billion by 2020, the fact is that everyone will soon by carrying a smartphone.

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Thanks to the marked growth in smartphone use around the world, industries such as gaming have undergone seismic shifts in recent years. Once dominant mediums have gradually given way to mobile forms of interaction. For example, in 2016, mobile gaming revenue surpassed PC and console gaming for the first time.

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A report from Newzoo analyzed the current spend and pegged mobile gaming revenue at $36.9 billion for 2016. Compare that to $31.9 billion for PC games and $29 billion for console games and it’s easy to see why game developers are now focusing on handheld devices. Of course, if you’re a consumer, staying on trend is not only desirable, but a must. Indeed, if you want to continue playing the latest games, it’s starting to look like a high-end mobile rather than a PC.

One Account, Multiple Devices

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But what if you don’t want to switch completely? Well, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, there are ways you can continue your PC activities via your mobile. One sector of the gaming industry that’s already shown this is possible is iGaming – or online casino gaming as it’s also known. Through something known as Omni-channel technology, online casino gamers have been able to play via their PC and mobiles.

In fact, to make the transition as smooth as possible, some operators even have the ability to send specific games to a player’s mobile. For example, when a player creates an account at mFortune, they’ll get access to a suite of casino games that includes European Roulette, Hi-Lo Poker and more. Each time a player logs in to their account via their PC, they can play every game from as little as £0.10. However, once that player finds a game they really like, mFortune will send it directly to the player’s device via an SMS link.

Essentially, what mFortune has done is turn its PC options into mobile casino games through the use of SMS links and omnichannel technology. Indeed, any move a player makes via their phone will be registered online. Because omnichannel technology basically means “one account,” everything you do on one device will be noted on the other.

Apps Have the Power to Bridge the Gap

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With iGaming already proving that cross-channel gaming is possible, PC gaming companies have taken note. While the same omnichannel technology isn’t available for PC gamers in most cases, there is a way to cross the device divide. Remotr is a clever app that essentially links a player’s PC with their mobile through a mirroring feature.

Available via Google Play, the Apple Store and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile store, the remotr app allows users to stream any PC game to any device they like. From a mobile to a TV, the app works in the following way:

  • A user downloads the app on their PC and creates an account using their email address.
  • The user then downloads the relevant remotr app for their mobile device.
  • Finally, the user logs into their account via the mobile app. This will then connect them to their PC so they can stream and control their game.

Although response times (i.e. the time between pressing a control and the game reacting) might be a split-second slower, the whole process is pretty flawless and makes gaming on the go a reality. Naturally, as more people move from PC to mobile gaming, apps such as remotr will become more common. In fact, as more users call out for these apps, it’s likely game developers will jump on the bandwagon and do something similar.

Basically, if you’re a fan of gaming, you need to seriously consider going mobile in the coming years. Fortunately, thanks to various innovations, this doesn’t mean you have to ditch your PC. Whether it’s one universal account or an app that connects two devices, the line between PC and mobile gaming looks to be one that’s gradually fading out of sight.