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CSGO Skills: Connecting mobile gaming to PC

More and more mobile apps and games are being developed every year, and developers have always been driven to develop innovative, ground-breaking apps. One of the latest advancements developers made in the industry is the connection between simple mobile games and PC and/or console games. Developers are wise enough to understand the needs and demands of the players all over the world. Mobile devices may be more handy and convenient than PC, but they also have various disadvantages. Some prefer PCs where there is almost no limitation in gaming. Others, on the other hand, stick to portable gadgets which they can bring anytime and anywhere.

PC gaming is undoubtedly what majority of the players prefer, but nowadays, mobile devices are the thing. This basically shows how the two needs to complement in every possible way. With the emergence of third party market places, gambling dens as well as news sites dedicated to csgo skins, there was always going to be spill over into the mobile industry. Realizing this demand, the development of mobile apps and games that complement bigger PC and/ or console games have dramatically increased.

screenshot_homeRecently released apps like CSGO Skills contribute to the growth of this latest advancement in the app development industry. CSGO Skills is a free mobile trainer game app developed by Maple Apps GmbH, a Germany-based mobile app development company. The game lets you watch video tutorials by hardcore CSGO players, helping other players hone their skills in the game. As a video trainer app, users will most likely want to connect their mobile devices to PC or consoles which have bigger screens and where they can have better tutorial experiences. Personally, as an avid player of CSGO, I find this game really helpful. I’ve basically grown interest in it, which made me do research and write this article. I just think it’s really useful for players like me and even for developers who might want to get helpful insights.

For 4 years, Maple Apps GmbH has worked with several major agencies and brands and has developed their own mobile apps to app stores as well. The company specializes in native mobile apps particularly for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and BlackBerryX. With only 3 app developers, 2 businessmen, and 1 designer, it just seems so amazing how this company has developed such masterpiece. Not to mention their ever extreme goal of developing ten product launches every single year, with just the six of them. You might think it’s impossible, but for them, the sky is the only limit.

Activision Buys King Digital Entertainment

It was spring of 2013 when the first ever virtual candy puzzler game, Candy Crush Saga, was born. The popular candy-crushing game gained much attention and was then launched on Facebook in October 2014. Later, it was released as a mobile game for Android and iPhone. The original game was constantly modified for players’ satisfaction – from the simple Candy Crush Saga to the new Candy Crush Soda Saga with a fresher concept of soda, gummy bears, and much more.

Truly, “King”, the creators of the popular candy game Candy Crush Saga, has made a great deal of success. No wonder why Activision decided to buy the King Digital Entertainment. As we have a similar game on the market here at GoPlay Games, Super Smoothie, I thought I would spend some time today reviewing this massive news for the industry.

Activision Blizzard is a US organization driven to make video games for mobile and PC platforms. Apparently, both organizations find this deal, well, a good deal. Activision Blizzard has bought King Digital Entertainment for $5.9 billion. This deal is considered as one of the biggest deal in the industry. It’s even far bigger than how Microsoft Inc.’s purchased Minecraft for $2.5 billion. That’s more than twice, man. More than twice!

Why did Activision spend this much for this game, you ask? Well, the organization aims to lead the mobile video game industry. This deal, they said, will strengthen the global position of Activision by 0.21%, making them the largest publisher in the entertainment business. Now that’s worth a couple of million dollars!

Regardless of how good or bad this deal is for both organizations, however, this news affects the world – all the players as well as small “indie” developers.


Because King has already been bought by Activision, it’s possible that the game they’ve created such as Candy Crush Saga won’t be free. How does this affect small independent developers? As many know, most indie developers don’t have enough funds for the production, which makes them depend mostly on digital distribution – freestanding products and downloadable content. They develop games based on free existing games in the market. If games aren’t for free, then they will most likely have a real hard time developing their own. There are are in-app purchases, but because they don’t have financial support, it will still be a problem.

This deal, on the other hand, offers various benefits for sweet tooth candy crush players and indie game developers. There is a big possibility that Activision will upgrade the game. And upgrade means upgrade!