Mobile gaming generates an estimated $4.6 billion per year in North America alone, with females making up 56 percent of their audience.
Kim Kardashian has one. Katy Perry is getting one, too. Later this summer, Demi Lovato will be the latest young, female celebrity to dive into the world of mobile video games. The "Let It Go" singer has partnered with mobile game developer Pocket Gems to create a game that recreates the storyline of becoming a famous musician.
The as-yet-untitled game, to be released later in the summer, is a like a "choose your own adventure" story, Pocket Gem's Jameel Khalfan tells Billboard. Players will join Lovato on tour and backstage as they build their own music careers. It will run on Pocket Gems' Episode platform, which powers dozens of interactive stories, and will be available to both iOS and Android users.
Why did Pocket Gems seek out Lovato? Khalfan says the company surveys its users about the kind of content they want and which people they look up to. One recurring theme from its predominantly female user base was the desire to be famous. Pocket Gems eventually found out through CAA, Lovato's agency, she was interested in this kind of project.