Gaming is big business – Call of Duty: Black Ops, for instance, now ranks as the highest grossing entertainment title of any kind ever.
But while the iPhone is well established as a mature gaming platform in the mobile space, it's a different story with Android. And the reason, according to games guru John Carmack, is that Android owners just don't spend money.
Carmack co-founded iD Software – they of Doom and Quake fame – and is widely respected as one of the leading lights in the world of gaming. So it's no surprise that in a lengthy interview with NowGamer, Carmack covered a lot of ground.
However, when it came to mobile gaming, Carmack dismissed Android is a serious gaming platform, saying it was a simple matter of economics.
“Every six months I’d take a look at the scope of the Android, and decide if it was time to start really looking at it,” Carmack revealed. “At the last Quakecon I took a show of hands poll, and it was interesting to see how almost as many people there had an Android device as an iOS device.
“But when I asked how many peple had spent 20 bucks on a game in the Android store, there was a big difference. You’re just not making money in the Android space as you are in the iOS space.”
Of course, there's an element of the chicken and the egg here, as if the big-budget titles aren't being created for Android in the first place, there's not a lot there for people to spend serious money on.
But it's a pretty strong indictment nonetheless. So what do you think – are Android gamers tight-fisted, or is that just a stereotype with no real basis in fact? Give us your thoughts in the Comments...