There have been a lot of talks over the future of Flash gaming in the last couple of years. Since Apple decided not to support Adobe Flash, it has become apparent there are many other web game alternatives doing a very good job at supporting online gaming, Unity and HTML5 being just two.
Although Flash is still the market leader HTML5 and Unity are quickly getting up to speed and will soon have the ability to over-take Flash unless some radical improvements are made.
Adobe promised us cross-platform, which hasn’t yet materialised, although they are now talking about bringing in Flash 3D. Now that Adobe has a vested interest in their gaming division, they need to keep a step ahead of any possible future competition. Games developers are excited about the possibility of 3D Flash games although there is a worry that it will send production costs sky high. For those of us who enjoy our online gaming however, 3D cannot fail to be the next big thing, playing online bingo games for example will have all the feel of a real bingo hall, and playing a hand of poker could very well feel like you really are sat round a table with your fellow players!
Developers say that Flash has many ways of making even more money by going into areas that so far have been the domain of other gaming platforms. For example Zynga have cottoned on to the creation of free games, where you pay for extras to help you achieve a higher score, or to help a player pass certain level. Flash is open for many improvements and is one of the reasons why it has remained top of its game for such a long time.
Flash facilitates developers to create their games with no cost and to get a swift return should the game do well. Although other platforms also facilitate this, none are so profitable or popular, even today, as Adobe Flash
A few statistics to remind us just how huge Flash gaming has become,
The industry itself is now twice as big as the music industry, over sixty percent of tablet owners play Flash games each day, Flash player is installed on over one billion computers and finally, over ninety six percent of the most popular games on Facebook use Flash technology. With this in mind, it’s hard to see Adobe Flash disappearing from our computers any time soon!
Online gaming is big business, so big in fact that over three billion people worldwide play online games weekly. Watch out for Flash 3D, perhaps that will be the proof that Flash won’t be going anywhere for quite a long time.