A new report by IDC and App Annie shows that Android games now outsells games for Nintendo’s 3DS and Sony’s PlayStation Vita combined. People spent more games from google Play than that of gaming optimized handhelds for the second quarter of this year. The report also shows that game spending on both iOS and Android combined was four times greater than that spent on for 3DS, DS/DSi, PS Vita and PSP for the same quarter.
One of the reasons behind this sudden surge in revenue for Android games is that there are more Android smartphones (1.25 billion) and tablets (180 million) in the world compared to handheld gaming consoles (200 million). While most of the games at Google Play are free some are very cheap selling for around $0.99 to $5.00. Handheld console games on the other hand sell for $30 which is a limiting factor for the budget conscious gamer.
Another reason for this is that Google Play is now available in 130 countries which is a huge increase from 2011 where it was only available in 30 countries. This opened up the service to a greater audience which is a huge factor in the increased spending on games.
The report made three key points on gaming
- Google Play game spending surpassed that of gaming-optimized handhelds in 2Q13.
- Consumer spending on games for iOS App Store & Google Play combined rose to 4x that of gaming-optimized handhelds.
- Google Play game revenue continued to come mostly from the Asia- Pacific, mostly in Japan & South Korea
Based on the data it seems that the Android platform has become the gaming platform of choice. Several companies are even releasing dedicated Android gaming devices such as Ouya, GameStick, GamePop and Mad Catz’s Project M.O.J.O.