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This is what the mobile video game industry looks like broken down into numbers

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This is what the mobile video game industry looks like broken down into numbers
This is what the mobile video game industry looks like broken down into numbers
Chances are that if you have ever owned a smartphone, you've spent a fair amount of time checking out the games that it can run. That is probably why video games are the most popular type of software downloaded from app stores, and this infographic, which the guys over at Geekaphone have put together, shows how big of a business mobile gaming has become.

It is estimated that the mobile gaming industry will rake in about $8 billion this year, which is nearly a quarter of what the entire mobile entertainment niche was valued at in 2010. With the global market share of smartphones on the rise, that number is expected to grow to the whopping $11.4 billion by the end of 2014. Since the majority of mobile games are free of charge, their developers benefit mainly from in-game purchases, such as virtual currency or extra lives, while advertisements account for only half as much of the revenue that a game generates. Nevertheless, mobile video game studios reportedly made $87 million in revenue from ads in 2010, and this figure is predicted to explode to the staggering $894 million by 2015.

While game developers enjoy watching their bank accounts reaching higher and higher milestones, smartphone and tablet owners are spending more and more time on mobile gaming. No matter whether they admit it or not, an estimated 84% of tablet owners play video games on their device and approximately 34% of people who have an iPhone spend time on the same activity every single day. In comparison, nearly half of all BlackBerry users have no games installed on their device at all, which is probably among the reasons why the platform has not been doing that well recently.

Feel free to check the entire infographic yourself, after which you can go back and finish that level of Angry Birds, and if you have come across any great mobile video games recently, do not hesitate to let us know by dropping a line in the comments below.

source: Geekaphone via DailyMobile

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posted on 29 Jul 2011, 08:27

1. 3g (unregistered)


that is the main reason most poeple choose ios yet android fans are too blind to see it.what more can you do on a smartphone than to play lots of games which ios doesnt disappoint when it comes to that matter.all the good and mind blowing games can be found on ios thats why i still keep my good old 3gs.will never sell it.lol

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 08:29

2. eiyoy009 (Posts: 57; Member since: 01 Jun 2011)


because windows phone 7 is not yet tested...if it is success xbox will force to be wp7 fan..hehe

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 09:42

3. ps (unregistered)


Old! AB has been downloaded 300 million times not 140

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 12:27

4. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


Still, it's a cool infographic. Good info!

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 02:00

5. matistight (Posts: 206; Member since: 13 May 2009)


f**king angry birds...

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 11:00

6. DroidFTW (unregistered)


@3g typical iFan, ignorant to the core. Just so happens that android has an phone emulator, so not only can I play all the cool android games, but also all the phone games as well. Does ios have this? Thought so... Iphones are and always will be a status symbol and nothing more. Typical iFans are gonna be the stuck up douchebags who think that they are better than everyone else. I have nothing against apple, only the a**holes who buy it and then act all high and mighty.

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 11:03

7. DroidFTW (unregistered)


Sorry, typod iPhone 2 times in above post.

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 13:15

8. V-Rep (unregistered)


I agree with last post in theory if not in attitude. iPhones are a great high-end device with a lot of good points but Apple has always been geared toward two very specific demographics. Professionals (Graphic Designers, DJ's, media intensive users), and the status sensitive who care more about appearance than functionality because they are in all honesty never going to use a fraction of any devices potential.
For any average user who is going to use a device for multiple and ever changing purposes in their daily lives the variety and lower cost of open source software is a better choice.

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