Mobile eSport game Critical Ops reaches 15 mln downloads

Kajaani-based Critical Ops, a mobile first person shooter (FPS) game, has reached 15 million downloads and over half a million daily gamers.

Critical Ops’ ideological forefather is the hugely popular computer game Counter Strike: Global Offensive, which needs fairly expensive gaming PC with accessories.

Gamers interested in eSports these days are part of the mobile generation, so mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are more familiar to them than traditional computers.

“Previously the serious gamers would upgrade their computers each year, but now smartphone upgrades can be implemented with similar frequency. Therefore, mobile gamers have powerful gaming devices in their pockets which they can use to play competitive eSports whenever and wherever they please. At its best, the increased computing power, ever higher screen resolutions and the compelling headphone sound of mobile devices offer a gaming experience on par with PC gaming,” Critical Ops said.

“A smaller screen size coupled with touch screen interface introduces a whole new gaming feel to first person shooters. While transitioning from the traditional mouse and keyboard combo feels challenging to some of the older gamers, mobile generation gamers find it the most natural choice for controlling their games,” it said.

“The top Critical Ops teams utilizing mobile devices can not only challenge PC gamers as equals but even beat them.”

“Gaming equipment is pretty similar among gamers in PC-based eSports, but Critical Ops is truly multi-platform at heart. Critical Ops gamers may use a reasonably priced Android smartphone or the most expensive iPad tablet. The gamer’s own experience is enhanced when screen size increases, but it will not necessarily affect how the gamer performs in the game. In any case, Critical Ops requires excellent hand-eye coordination and teamwork skills regardless of the platform,” it said.

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