In this edition of Mobile Monday, we’re taking a look at arcade games reinventing themselves for mobile and how one mobile title is making the push to become an eSport. Specifically, we’re covering Pac-Man Bounce, Dave & Busters for mobile, and the competitive future of Vainglory.
Pac-Man Goes Mobile
Games publisher BANDAI NAMCO recently released a trailer for Pac-Man Bounce, a new mobile iteration of their beloved Pac-Man franchise. The game, which is currently available now in test markets Canada and Australia is expected to launch worldwide later this year.
The game is being developed by Victory Square Games, so it will be interesting to follow their movements in the coming months and see if BANDAI NAMCO makes a habit of revitalizing more franchises for mobile.
Dave & Busters Arcade to Mobile
Of course, BANDAI NAMCO isn’t the only company to realize that games that are tied to nostalgic memories are apt to be mobile successes: Dave & Busters will soon publish its most popular arcade games on mobile devices.
In a ploy to keep people playing even when they’re not at the restaurant and drive them back regularly, the new series of games will reward tickets redeemable at Dave & Busters, much like the physical tickets that pour out of the arcade games.
Vainglory to Become a Mobile eSport
As eSports grows in popularity among both console and PC gamers, games publisher Super Evil Megacorp is working to position their mobile title Vainglory as their first mobile eSports title. The mobile moba has already amassed over 1.5 million monthly active users, which may be enough to foster a solid competitive scene.
To showcase the games popularity and potential as a professional eSport, Super Evil recently broadcasted an event that “showed off the celebrities among the competitors,” and unveiled plans to develop a spectator client with OGN, an established Korean broadcasting company known for its eSports programming.
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