Though Subway Surfers was named the most downloaded mobile game of the decade, it is the battle royale games that are the most talked about and the most-played. Needless to say, this lockdown has turned everyone into a hardcore gamer and this trend is not going to fade away soon.
Let us see the top 5 battle royale games for 2020-
Though PUBG Mobile made news thanks to its ban in India, it still remains a hugely popular Battle Royale game. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) developed by PUBG Corporation was given a full release on Dec 2017. By 2020, it had sold over 70 million copies and has been downloaded over 600 million times. The players have to parachute to the ground onto one of the four maps and collect weapons to fight against the enemies. The playable area of the map keeps shrinking and the players have to relocate to safety within a given time. The person who remains alive until the last wins the match. The PUBG Lite was introduced as the lighter version for the slow mobile networks. This version had a smaller map and only 60 players compared to 100 in the full version with a fast-paced 10-minute game.
PUBG was the top-selling game of 2017 and 2018. Its position was toppled by Free Fire in 2019.
Also known as Garena Free Fire or simply Free Fire, this game was developed by 111 Dots Studio. It received the “Best Popular Vote Game” by Google Play Store for 2019. Launched in Dec 2017, Free Fire is offered by Garena International Pvt Ltd. This game consists of up to 50 players and each player enters the war zone by jumping down from a plane. The players go looking for weapons and have to survive on the island to win the game. The last surviving player wins the game. Almost similar to PUBG, Free Fire has a smaller map and faster combat.
One of the largest mobile game launches in history on 1st October 2019, Call Of Duty generated over $330 million from above 250 million downloads. Similar in concept to PUBG and Free Fire, the battle royale mode consists of 100 players who play against each while collecting weapons. A Zombies mode was added in Nov 2019 and subsequently removed in Season 4 when it didn’t reach the desired level of quality. The COD keeps adding new features and updates every season (mobile anniversary) to retain viewer attention. The COD Mobile has integrated all features and modes from the main Call of Duty series.
Initially released in Sept 2017, Fortnite Battle Royale, developed and published by Epic Games, later released the versions for mobile gaming in the next year. In this game, 100 players skydive to an island and search for ammunition and gear to defend themselves from other players. Similar to PUBG and other battle royale games, the playable area keeps shrinking. But the distinguishing factor is that the players are able to collect resources and build walls and obstacles to safeguard themselves from other players or for strategic viewing. By May 2020, it had 350 million players and had generated over 2 billion dollars worldwide.
Among Us was released in 2018 and received little attention then. It was in 2020 that this space-themed game developed and published by InnerSloth, an American game studio, became more popular and widely appreciated. This multiplayer game needs 4-10 players. Any of these players are randomly selected to be impostors. The play is in any one of the 3 maps- a spaceship (The Skeld), a headquarters building (Mira HQ) and a planet base (Polus). The crewmates have to complete tasks while the goal of the impostors is to blend with the crewmates and sabotage the tasks.
Among Us was inspired by Mafia and released with a single map. The other two maps were added later in 2019. Even though the initial response was lukewarm, it became popular in the early 2020 thanks to some famous Twitch streamers and YouTubers. By Sept 2020, it had 100 million downloads and 3.8 million players. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, a game that needs 60 players to compete in mini-matches is also another battle royale game like Among Us that is popular and different from the other battle royale games that mostly focus on violent battles.
Lockdown aside, the battle royale games remain hugely popular with today’s generation. 2020 and the next year are all about technological advancements in the gaming industry. From AR to VR, expect drastic changes in the way the mobile game is perceived and played.
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With the popularity of online casino games soaring, it takes a while for a rookie to transform into a seasoned player. Casino games are fun when you learn the intrinsic and then start to bet.
The online casino games are a great way of learning for beginners. You can start with the free online casino games first till you get a grip on it.
Here we have listed the best 5 easy casino games for beginners-
A game of chance, a game of luck, the slot machine is the easiest casino game with nothing to learn or trick. You have to just click on the spin button. The set of reels is populated with symbols. The win is calculated by the new combination of symbols on the reels after the spin is complete. The slot is called by different names like fruit machines, pokies, video slots or the one-armed bandits.
Again Roulette is another simple casino game that has the roulette table consisting of the wheel and the betting layout. The bets are called by placing money or casino coins on the betting layout prior to the outcome of the spin. The roulette wheel is spun in one direction, while the ball is spun in the opposite direction around a circular track consisting of numbers written on red and black slots. The ball comes to rest on any of the numbered slots after passing through deflectors. The bet types are many and can be placed on a single number, adjacent numbers, color, even or odd, column, or a range.
A simple straight-forward card game, blackjack or 21 is where the players are playing against the dealer. The card deck sans the joker will have a number value. Each player including the dealer gets two cards. The aim of the players is to get their card value close to 21 but not over 21. They have to get their card value higher than the dealer but not over 21 to win. The player or the dealer whoever gets the closest to 21 points wins the game. Also, if any of them gets a blackjack combination which is that one card has to be a king, queen or jack and the other an ace, they win 3:2 or 6:5 whatever the casino decides. This is a simple and exciting casino game that is easy for beginners.
This is a 5 card game where you win for different combinations of numbers and suits like the Jacks or better, 2 pair, 3 of a kind, straight flush, full house, flush, 4 of a kind, and the royal flush. Here, instead of placing a bet with a few other players, you play single player in front of a screen. The payouts for all the winning combinations are listed beforehand. If the displayed 5 cards have any winning combination you win the bet. You can discard unwanted cards to get fresh ones and hope that you increase your chances of making winning combinations.
Also called the 7-11, this is a game where you bet on the outcome of two dice roll. Two dices are needed here and the act of rolling the dice is called shooting. During the game, you place bet on the shooter or against the shooter. Each round in craps starts with the come-out roll. If the shooter rolls a combination of 7 or 11 (called natural), he gets to roll again. If the player rolls out combinations of 2, 3 or 12 (called craps), he loses but gets to roll again. If the shooter rolls a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, that value becomes the point. Once these numbers are rolled, a button gets turned ON. If the shooter gets a 7 combination in the first chance itself, then 7 is their friend. But if a player rolls 7 when the button is ON, they lose. Bets are placed on the dice roll combination. The field is when you bet for the dice to roll a 2, 3, 4, 9,10, 11 or 12. The other bets are the pass line, don’t pass, come, don’t come, big 6, any 7, any craps and so on.
While the Craps seems a bit complicated, it is easy to understand if you leave the betting part. Once you get to know the game, you gradually learn the betting aspects of it. The slot machine, roulette and the blackjack are simple games based on luck.
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Yes, Farmville is shutting down.
It is permanent closure for the most popular game on Facebook, Farmville. Come 31st December 2020 and Farmville will not be available on Facebook or the Play Store.
Farmville uses the old technology Adobe Flash that will no longer be supported by browsers and Facebook.
The creator of Farmville, Zynga announced in a blog post that since Adobe will stop distributing and updating Flash Player for all web browsers, Farmville will be directly affected by this step. Also, Facebook will stop supporting Flash games on their platform from 31st Dec 2020.
Since its launch in 2009, Farmville on Facebook has captivated the game lovers’ attention due to its concept. But it wasn’t unique, to begin with. Its concept was heavily borrowed from the games Green Patch and Slashkey’s Farm Town. Zynga, Farmville’s creator had a massive user base and it used cross-promotions and ads to fuel the initial curiosity.
Six months after the game’s release it had 73 million monthly active users. By July 2011, it had reached 750 million. Farmville even partnered with Microsoft Bing, McDonald’s, and American Express including a promotion for Lady Gaga’s Born This Way album.
Farmville earned good money through its in-app purchases. Its ‘Invite Friends’ feature helped it to grow its user base substantially. But it had its own shares of criticism too. Its parent company Zynga started the trend of user permission to access their data. Of course, the collected data was effectively analyzed and used to its advantage.
The in-app purchases will be available until 17th Nov 2020. After this, neither payments will be accepted nor will refunds be processed. It urges the players to use any pending credits before 31st Dec 2020. It is also working on some in-game activities to make the players remaining time on Farmville memorable. Also, it is offering a Bonus Package to players who want to migrate to Farmville 2: Tropic Escape before 31st Dec 2020.
NOTE: Only Farmville will be discontinued on 31st Dec 2020. The Farmville 2: Tropic Escape, Farmville 2: Country Escape will continue both on the web browser and mobile. Also, Zynga has plans to launch Farmville 3 on the mobile soon.
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Mobile apps are everywhere today and form an integral part of our lives. From social media apps to necessary apps, from gaming apps to shopping apps, our mobiles are filled with them.
Just glance through the statistics to know why mobile apps rule the world and will continue to do in the years ahead-
For each app you see on your mobile, a lot of software goes into it to make it rich in UI/UX and functionality. Now let us know the languages for mobile application development and see what brings these apps to life.
The 10 top mobile application development languages are-
Java is an open-source, object-oriented mobile app development language that has the core benefit of write once, run anywhere (WORA). The benefits of Java being the preferred mobile app development language are-
Multithreading- This allows for running and executing multitasks simultaneously. This increases the efficiency, response time and performance of the app.
Memory management- The Java objects are stored in a heap that can increase or decrease in size during the execution. The garbage is eliminated automatically thus making space for the entry of new objects. This increases the performance, decreases the crash chances and makes the app optimized.
Scalability- It is easy to scale the app either in depth or width when coding in Java.
Platform independent- Java codes, once written, can be used on any platform with minimal changes. This reduces coding time and increases efficiency.
Increased security- The inbuilt Java language features like cryptography, sandbox, exception handling helps in preventing threats. Also, security policies can be tweaked to individual apps thus safeguarding it against attacks.
Open-source- Java has a vast repository of resources, libraries, and online communities on the internet that will help for easy mobile app development.
Java is the official mobile app development language but other languages have tried to cover up its shortcomings. One of them is Kotlin. It is an open-source programming language that combines object-oriented and functional programming features. It offers some benefits over Java, like-
Compatibility- It is interoperable with Java and programs written in Java can be easily changed to Kotlin by adding the given tools and frameworks.
Fewer codes- With Kotlin, you require fewer codes for the same app when compared to Java due to its better data classes, type interface, properties and smart casts. This makes it easy to maintain and apply changes when needed.
Safe code- The code simplicity of Kotlin allows for fewer errors thus reducing the chances of crashes and system failures.
Faster coding- Its object declarations, parameter values and extension functions speed up the development thus reducing the coding time.
Null safety- Kotlin has null in its type system thus reducing the danger of null references from code.
Swift replaced Objective-C as the primary programming language for iOS applications. The benefits of using Swift for iOS app development are-
Clean syntax- The codes in Swift is compact and concise giving it a simplified view. Also, the code resembles simple English language making it more readable and easy to understand. Also, compact code means faster development and better speed.
Easy file maintenance- With Swift, you have a single code file (.swift) instead of two as in Objective-C (header file .h and implementation file .m).
Easy bug testing- Swift generates compiler error making it easy to fix bugs while writing the code.
Open-source- Swift has good support from online communities thus making improvements on a regular basis.
Dynamic libraries- Dynamic libraries linked to an app helps in linking newer versions of the language.
Interactive coding- The Playgrounds feature helps coders to test new algorithms first by writing a chunk of code while receiving feedbacks without having to create the entire app.
Other than these mobile app languages there are the hugely popular frameworks that are used to develop mobile apps. The most common examples of frameworks for mobile app development is Flutter, Ionic, PhoneGap, Xamarin, and Framework7.
HTML5 can be used for cross-platform applications. The frameworks that use HTML5 are Apache Cordova (formerly known as PhoneGap), JQuery Mobile, SproutCore and Sencha Touch. HTML5 mobile apps are cheaper and easier to build.
XML is used as a frontend markup language to define the appearance of the app and for parsing data either from the database or server to the Android app.
C# is an object-oriented, functional and component-oriented programming language. It works best for simple mobile application development. When hardware-specific native features are required, then Java from Android and Objective-C for iOS is required. Xamarin framework uses C# language and is great for cross-platform mobile apps. C# is reliable, easy to adopt with powerful features. It is also best for game development. The cross-platform game engine, Unity uses C# as the scripting API.
C++ is used where close interaction with the hardware is required like in mobile gaming development, signal processing and simulations. NDK toolset is required to enable the development of apps in Android using C++. But using the NDK tool has disadvantages like compatibility issues, hard debugging and decreased flexibility.
The Dart, a typed object programming language was developed by Google in October 2011. The Flutter UI framework uses Dart programming language. We can say that Dart has become known because of Flutter’s popularity. Google has documented it extensively, but the online support from communities is limited.
Mobile app development is easy now thanks to the countless frameworks and toolkits available. Selecting a framework depends on your expertise, the client requirement and the use of advanced technologies.
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When people think of a popular online video site, YouTube is the first name that runs on their minds. Why not? YouTube today is a must for businesses who want to promote their products and services. There are ways and means to use YouTube for business marketing.
YouTube started in the year April 2005. Its first video was that of its co-founder Jawed Karim titled ‘Me at the Zoo’. Its first video to get 1 million views was a Nike advertisement. It was a clip of soccer player Ronaldinho receiving his Golden Boots.
Today, the total number of YouTube monthly active users stands at 2 billion. Every day people watch over a billion hours of videos. YouTube has changed the video viewing history forever.
Well, undoubtedly, it is the second-largest search engine in the world. It is the most visited website with reference to organic traffic both in the US and the world.
YouTube has to be one of the prime promotional mediums of your brand for advertising. The benefits of using YouTube for business are many. It offers so many advantages to communicate with new and existing customers.
Small businesses usually use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to boost their branding. But with visual content appealing to the younger generation, YouTube has become a more influential platform than ever.
Creating and posting videos is a great way to boost your brand visibility on YouTube. But, how do you generate leads on YouTube?
Here, we have listed 12 tips to use YouTube for business marketing-
Create your own business channel on YouTube. Keep your YouTube business account different from your personal account.
Fill in the profile and channel description in the best way. Describe in brief about your brand.
Upload the profile picture and channel art that best describes your brand. You can use the Canva tool to create channel art.
Add your website link and other social media network links here.
Create an impressive short & crisp video of what your business provides or an introductory video.
Cover all the important aspects like USP, products/services and complete it with the contact details. Upload this to YouTube.
Make this video as the channel trailer for all the new and unsubscribed visitors to your channel.
Now, it is time to start with your official brand promotion.
Create short videos of your brand services or products.
There are many tools available on the internet to edit and create videos. You can use the free or the paid versions.
The result is better if you get it done from a professional video editing company. The video will attract an audience because of its quality.
SEO while uploading video helps you to reach the right audience.
YouTube SEO involves filling the right description, title, and tags. Do not skip this step at any cost or do not keep it incomplete.
Select a suitable title keeping the most searched keyword in mind. Write a description with the most relevant keywords in it.
The most searched keywords can be got from the YouTube search filter itself.
Your video will appear in the Google Search Engine Page Rankings if it is properly optimized.
You increase the authority of your website when you use YouTube for your business marketing strategy. Get the services of a good SEO company to help you get increased video reach on YouTube.
Create videos that will have value to the customers.
Some ideas of videos are-
Short tutorials about how to use your product.
Advantage of your services.
Videos on trending topics if they resonate with your brand
Product unboxing videos by customers
Product review videos by customers
Research what kind of videos are uploaded by your competitors. Try formatting the video as per the latest trends.
Reaching audiences got better with the live streaming feature of YouTube.
Before you can live stream any event, you have to get your account verified. If you are enabling live streaming for the first time, it may take up to 24 hours.
There are various benefits of live streaming. You can live stream a product launch, a news conference, product or service promotion, live announcement, online tutorials, live chats or question & answer sessions.
Social connections and interactions during the live event are valuable.
Spread the word about your live stream process well in advance so that you get a considerable audience when it starts.
Promote the live-streamed video archive for those who aren’t able to tune in live.
At the end of every video, request the viewers to like and share it. Encourage them to add comments.
Many of the YouTubers make this special request usually just after the introduction before starting the topic and also at the last of the video.
This request gets in many followers to your channel. By doing this, your followers get a notification whenever you upload new videos.
Asking people to comment and react is a good way of getting increased engagement. In addition, you get suggestions and ideas for the next content.
The more the number of shares, comments and likes, the higher chances you have of your video going viral or showing on the ‘suggested videos’ on YouTube.
Share the video links on all your social media platforms as soon as you upload it.
The YouTube algorithm sees how fast a video gets views, backlinks and shares. A faster engagement rate means that you have created a valuable content and the audiences are liking it. The algorithm thus automatically places your video in the front page of YouTube.
What is your aim of creating videos?
If it is to get more views, include several call-to-actions (CTAs) in your video.
You can do it in two ways. One is by adding cards and the other is end screens.
You can add poll cards, link cards, channel cards, donation cards or video cards to your video.
End screen is used at the end of the video to point viewers to other videos or channels. It is also used to call viewers to subscribe to your channel. Another important use is to promote your website.
You can promote your product on YouTube using TrueView video ads.
There are quite a few formats for advertising on YouTube. Your video campaign may be TrueView In-Stream (video discovery ads and in-stream ads), Preroll or the Bumper type.
These are the Pay-Per-Click (PPC) ads. You can set up the amount you are willing to pay for each click also called the maximum CPV (cost per view).
Target your ads by selecting the right demographics, interests and keywords. Have 2 or more campaigns with different approaches to get more effective results.
Analyze the campaign by looking into the ad insights and tweak it to get better performing ads.
Paid promotion works best for gaining initial traction and increasing the follower count. It is worth each penny when you hire the services of a good digital marketing agency that will help you in paid promotions. Once you get adequate followers, keep uploading good content videos to retain them and to keep adding new followers.
Influencer marketing is on every social media platform and YouTube is not far behind. Influencers help in extending the reach of your videos and to get you more followers.
Identify influencers whose area of expertise resonates with your product. Suggest a few concepts to include your brand in their video.
Do not make the video too promotional. Instead, let the influencer focus on how the product makes their life better.
There are different ways to run the influencer marketing campaign.
The Analytics section is the life of every YouTuber. This section gives you the required insights that will help you track the video performance and decide what works and what does not. Insights/Analytics is a powerful tool to get your advertising fundamentals right.
You even get the real-time report about the number of views, the average view duration, demographics to the devices and traffic locations. Study this to better your marketing strategy.
If you have paid promotion campaigns, then check out the dashboard and tweak your advertising campaign to get better results based on the analytics provided.
Marketing is not just the focus on your product and its features. It is promoting the brand through the eyes of the users.
The social media platforms have evolved as powerful mediums to raise brand awareness. If harnessed in the right way, YouTube can help you to reach a global audience.
Focus on all the important aspects we have covered here on how to use YouTube to market your business. Improvise each time and keep yourself updated.
For consistent planning and results, contact a good social media agency that will help you in YouTube promotions.
The Covid-19 pandemic has made people look for recreation within their homes and what better way than to play online games?
YouTube and Twitch dominate in online game streaming and are the most-watched platforms. Facebook had planned to venture into this game streaming segment a long time back, from 2014, to be precise. Facebook Gaming is its intended answer to its competitors.
The Facebook Gaming platform helps game content creators or streamers to live stream games or upload prerecorded gaming videos.
Facebook Gaming feature was launched in 2018. Known as FB.gg, this hub helped Facebook live streamers to start a live stream or find one.
Though the start was slow, the Covid-19 pandemic has helped this social media platform to gain followers in the gaming section. Another factor was the launch of Facebook Gaming on Android mobiles in April 2020 that helped them drive users to the platform from the mobile. Facebook finally managed to launch it on the Apple store, this August.
Facebook Gaming is easily accessible through an access tab on the main homepage of your Facebook mobile app. Facebook has also launched a dedicated mobile app ‘Facebook Gaming: Watch, Play, and Connect’ to make it more easily accessible to gamers.
Microsoft’s Mixer has collaborated with Facebook Gaming with Mixer giving its users an option to redirect to the Facebook platform. Some users may be hesitant to make the move since many of the Mixer users have originally come from the Twitch platform. There might be chances that they prefer to return back to Twitch instead of opting for a redirect to Facebook Gaming.
Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has intentions of building a strong creator community first to increase engagement and then gradually start the monetization process. This will help them to latch on to the existing users rather than try occasional users.
One definite way of monetization would be advertising, the other being subscription fees. This will be shared by the platform and the content creators.
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