There is, quite frankly, a lot of rubbish written about the future of social gaming, especially at this time of year when everybody is looking ahead to the New Year. The VentureBeat website, however, recently featured an excellent interview with Rick Thompson, who has invested heavily in mobile gaming over the years. He is clearly somebody in the know and his insight into where mobile and social gaming is heading is refreshing. Some of his most interesting responses are summarised below…

Have you ever doubted the use of social gaming? I think we caught a glimpse of its healthy future last week in the UK when Conservative MP Nigel Mills was caught playing Candy Crush on his iPad when he should have been listening to a crucial committee meeting on pensions...

We have all heard the predictions that mobile gaming will continue to take the world by storm for the next few years. But there was a cautionary note earlier this week from PocketGamer – perhaps the rise of mobile gaming is not so inevitable or straightforward after all?