Mobile to be the primary gaming platform by 2016 – analyst

Tuesday, 30th April 2013 22:39 GMT By Brenna Hillier

One research firm believes that in the next few years more gaming will occur on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets than any other platform.

Juniper Research extrapolated from current trends to predict that consumers will spend $3.03 billion on mobile games in 2016, worldwide.

That’s a staggering figure, but not as eye-opening as the growth rate – the firm believes just #301 million was spent in 2012, suggesting the platform will grow ten times in terms of sales.

Most of the sales are expected in the Far East, China, and North America; these three major markets will make up about 86% of total spend in 2016.

Tablets are the real driver here, Juniper said; they’re taking over from dedicated hardware because they have 3G and 4G connections, and host more free-to-play titles.

It’s a bold set of predictions and sure to make mobile manufacturers happy, if perhaps nobody else.

Thanks, GamesIndustry.



  1. Erthazus

    That is going to be a day when gaming will die.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Lengendaryboss

    So we better milk gaming now until that happens.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Francis O

    LOL!!! Right.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. theevilaires

    As long as Android has the better exclusives because I will never buy one of those piece of crap iphones.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Beta

    Excuse me whilst I vomit in disgust.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Gheritt White

    Define “gaming”. Spectacular AAA cinematic content still requires dedicated controls.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Eddie Rodrigues

    Casuals… consuming the market

    #7 2 years ago
  8. sg1974

    In other news from 2008: Blu-ray and physical media generally will be dead in five years.

    It is absurd to lump Angry Birds in with Halo or Gran Turismo. Yes, mobile gaming – like every other sector – has its good and bad things, and it has an important place in the whole scheme of things. But they serve largely different markets, and the mobile gaming market is a lot more fickle and ephemeral. Even if you don’t agree they should be treated as separate, keep in mind that once upon a time we were told the Wii had taken over gaming, had ended the era of the hardcore, hi-res game and the traditional controller pad, and would pulverise the 360 and PS3 into the dirt – possibly leading one or the other to be withdrawn before its expected time was up. Remind me: how did that prediction work out?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. tenthousandgothsonacid

    Minesweeper and patience on pc were the most played games for years but it didn’t really affect us now did it.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Gheritt White

    Myst – the future of games.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. spatuluk

    When phones leave touch controls for dead, and re-embrace physical controls, then maybe they’ll start competing properly.

    There’s a reason flat physical keyboards never sold well when they were available for PCs back in the 80s – it’s because flat keyboards are shit!

    #11 2 years ago

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