Our day to day has become consumed with the growing amount of time spent on our mobile devices as social media and gaming have quickly become a favourite pastime for many, we’re also seeing many streaming platforms through movies and TV such as Netflix and Disney+ found huge growth alongside live streaming such as Twitch, but this growth has already spurred many changes in regulation aimed at mobile applications and it is expected that it will continue to do so – but what are the biggest changes so far?
The most well known will be regulation in mobile gaming, over the past few years mobile gaming has quickly become the most popular platform as over 50% of all gaming is done on mobile devices, and there has been a shift in demographic too as young male teens are no longer the primary audience, it has been suggested that the majority of mobile gamers are in fact women over the age of 34, and with these players having a disposable income and different requirements for when and how they play – this has led to an increase in mobile gambling and the regulation around it. There are a number of initiatives that have been launched in recent years with the biggest being called Gamstop, aimed at reducing participation options for problem players – during the recent pandemic further authority had been granted to the initiative as it was made mandatory for all operators to register to or be at risk of losing their license, despite these changes a growing number of operators have chosen to register elsewhere and a growing number of sites here are not part of these regulations and stay open for players to access.
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Similar changes have been seen in streaming platforms as there have been adjustments in regulation around copyright strikes most recently seen on popular live streaming website Twitch as a mass spread of DMCA strikes were handed out to content creators as many had been getting way with using music where they perhaps shouldn’t have done leading many to delete thousands of hours of worth of content in old videos to avoid having their channels deleted – whilst not specifically attached to the applications it does pose questions for what could be seen through video sharing apps in the future if there is now an increased focus on ensuring copyright protection for both live and pre-recorded content.
As a growing number of applications are launched year on year and more of them are incorporated into daily life with the utility they bring, this may open the door for further regulation to be put into place to protect users and to protect creators at the same time. We’re seeing how quickly attitudes can change with how apps behave as most recently seen with the video sharing social media platform TikTok, and how the changing attitudes could impact many other applications and lead to extremely quick change in regulation if it has been found certain things are being abused or ignored.