Mobile gaming continues to prove a lucrative area for developers, and the tag-team of App Annie and IDC have served a further slap in the face for Nintendo and Sony.
In 2Q13, Google Play revenue alone surpassed that of Nintendo and Sony’s handhelds. Throw in the App Store, and mobile gaming beats handhelds by a factor of four.
Six months ago, we had to combine Google Play and App Store revenue in order to “eclipse” handhelds. The third quarterly App Annie & IDC Portable Gaming Report shows how mobile and tablet-based gaming continues to soar.
On both the App Store and Google Play, games account for around 40% of downloads, and roughly 75% of revenue. Of course, iOS is still where the money’s at.
Looking at the geographical stuff, Asia-Pacific utterly dominates Google Play spending, while it’s fairly evenly matched with North America on the App Store.
Clash of Clans, The Simpsons: Tapped Out, Puzzle & Dragons, Hay Day and Candy Crush Saga are bringing in the bucks for iOS, while the Android chart features a bunch of Kakao stuff (and also Candy Crush Saga and Puzzle & Dragons).
As for the handhelds, Nintendo’s 3DS makes up the entire top five. Poor Sony Vita.