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Mobile games set to overtake handhelds in 2013

Mobile games set to overtake handhelds in 2013

Mobile titles will still not be leading on the average amount of revenue generated per user.

Gamers will be spending more money on mobile and tablet games than on handheld games in 2013 according to International Data Corporation (IDC).

The research company forecasts that sales of Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita bundle packages will fall 7% year-on-year each year on to 2017. Due to the very high proportion of mobile gamers only spending small amounts of money however, handheld games will still be generating a higher average revenue per user throughout.

IDC research manager Lewis Ward points out that Android as a platform still has some way to go in terms of gaming but that Sony and Nintendo have some strong competition ahead of them.

'Android is extremely fragmented but also on its way to becoming a critical mobile/portable gaming platform," said Ward. [i]'The reality is that the gaming-optimised handhelds from Nintendo and Sony will have to work hard to differentiate and remain ahead of smartphones and tablets on key metrics.'

Free-to-play games are also name checked as the key for mobile games conquering handheld titles.

'The digital transition inflection point has arrived in mobile and portable gaming industry, and mastering the freemium business model will be crucial to future success,' added Ward.

The report included data from Nintendo, Sony, Apple, Samsung, Google, Amazon, Razer, PlayMG, Nvidia, Hyperkin and Wikipad.

By 2017, IDC predicts mobile and handheld revenue combined to be close to $23m.

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Stelph 25th April 2013, 12:14 Quote
Odd, I wonder why they focus on Android when it is iOS that, despite its lower numbers of users, has a much higher average of revenue per user than Android.

That would be more of a threat I would say, especially now more and more AAA games appear to be heading to iOS only (thinking of the upcoming Space Hulk game, Warhammer Quest, Warhammer 40K, frozen synapse...) with android support being left till later/not supported at all
SAimNE 26th April 2013, 05:36 Quote
they cant use iOS for statistics because iphone users will buy whatever apple tells them to buy XD
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