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Mobile is ‘future of gaming’, says Konami boss

Konami will soon switch allegiances from the box under your TV to the smartphone in your pocket.

The game developer giant has confirmed it is to push forward with a focus on mobile gaming.

The company’s new CEO Hideki Hayakawa outlined the plans in an interview with Nikkei Trendy Net, which was translated by a NeoGAF user.

“Gaming has spread to a number of platforms, but at the end of the day, the platform that is always closest to us, is mobile,” explained Hayakawa.

He added: “Mobile is where the future of gaming lies.”

The company hopes to take an aggressive approach in the mobile sector, thanks to previous success with monetising the platform.

“Following the pay-as-you-play model of games like Power Pro and Winning Eleven with additional content, our games must move from selling things like ‘items’ to selling things like ‘features’,” the translation reads.

Hayakawa continued: “We saw with these games that even people who buy physical games are motivated to buy extra content. The success of Power Pro especially has motivated us to actively push more of our popular series onto mobile than ever before.”

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It’s not just Konami that’s looking to bank on the mobile surge either; Nintendo recently announced it would be moving into the smartphone sector.

The Japan-based company plans to launch five smartphone games by March 2017, in hopes of capitalising on the burgeoning mobile industry.

“You may think it is a small number,” said Nintendo’s CEO Satoru Iwata,” but when we aim to make each title a hit, and because we want thoroughly operate every one of them for a significant amount of time after their releases, this is not a small number at all and should demonstrate our serious commitment to the smart device business.”