Revenue from mobile games will top sales of console games in Canada soon
65% of the projects completed last year in the Canadian gaming industry, were written for mobile. The average game for a mobile device had a budget of $500,000. That compares to the $17 million budget that the average console game was working with. Additionally, the average mobile game required only 10 people to write, and took just 190 days to complete. Console games required a crew of 45 to 65, and took 485 days to finish. With those numbers, and the rise in popularity of mobile games, you can see why more developers are turning to mobile platforms.
These stats, while covering only Canada, are indicative of what is happening globally. The rise of mobile games explains why a company known for producing console games like Activision Blizzard, felt compelled to spent $5.9 billion to buy King. The latter is the company behind one of the more popular mobile games, Candy Crush Saga.
source: ESAC via MobileSyrup