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Confirming what anyone who's ridden a bus lately could probably guess, the NPD recently released a study that shows that the free and mobile segment of the gaming population is the largest segment of gaming...and it's growing.
According to NPD's Gamer Segmentation 2013 report, the segment of gamers who admit to playing free or mobile games has grown 2 percent this last year, helping the category grow to 29 percent of the gaming population. Console gaming may also be on the rise, as gamers who play on multiple systems, like consoles and PC, has risen to consume 16 percent of the gaming population. The study also revealed that avid gamers tend to play games on an average of five difference devices, but the Xbox 360 seems to be the most popular console among this segment.
Want to know which mobile games you should be playing? Check out our Essential iOS/Android List from last year or our more recent spotlight of ten worthwhile mobile sports titles. Jump to the next page for a look at NPD's press release.
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Hey, freaky... almost like being free and more convenient to the average Joe makes you sell better. And like console/PC/console handheld gaming are all niches and hobbies for a certain demographic.
Note -- This isn't written as sarcasm for GI, I know you guys know this. This is for all the people inevitably shocked, raging, using this to push their agendas -- ETC. Those people: this isn't a new thing, get over it.
Really people are playing the free games.
So what your stating is basicly almost everyone who has a smart phone outnumbers the people with consoles? Wow I'm surprised/ sarcasm.
Considering it's much cheaper to play Mobile games for the most part, and obviously free games are free, it's not surprising.
this just in: more people are making toast than are using beepers.
Not surprising. Most mobile games are targeted towards casual and/or non-gamer folk and are mostly pick up and play games. Plus they are more accessible than console and PC games, since almost everybody owns a phone.
This is depressing.
With the iPhone being the most/fastest selling thing ever, this is the opposite of a surprise.