DID YOU KNOW?
Some of the most popular games on consoles and PCs started out as flash games on browsers? The game Trials was first released on browsers in the year 2000. It was a platform motorcycle racing game based on real-world motorcycle trials. It gained mainstream recognition and found a home in game consoles. VVVVVV and Canabalt games inspired the rise of the infinite runner genre. Runescape is one of the best browser RPG that you can play. It even holds the Guinness record for the biggest RPG to this day.
Today's web browsers are fast, efficient, and powerful. Game developers could still tap into this stagnant market, no problem. It becomes less of an enticing option with the rise of mobile smartphones and mobile gaming. The free-to-play business model made browser games popular and accessible back then. Mobile game developers follow the same model and achieved much greater success. They can make more powerful games with ever-growing smartphone hardware. They can also reach a much wider audience due to the ubiquity of mobile smartphones now. Browser games still exist today but it is no longer a source of good quality content that gamers want. Instead, it's now relegated to clicker games and simple pastime casuals. They could still make a relevant comeback in today's gaming landscape. Only time will tell.