Apple's iOS outstrips dedicated handhelds in gaming revenue, report finds


Worldwide consumer spending on mobile games optimized for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS has eclipsed total spending on titles for dedicated gaming handhelds like the Sony PSP and Nintendo 3DS, according to a new report issued by researcher IDC and mobile analytics firm App Annie.

Spending on iOS games available via Apple's App Store increased sharply during the first quarter while handheld revenues plummeted in conjunction with an annual decline in post-holiday consumer spending and packaged game shipments, IDC and App Annie note. While handheld revenues still outpace gaming revenues derived via the Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Play storefront, totaling about half of the total spending on iOS, IDC and App Annie anticipate Google Play game spending will surpass handhelds during the current quarter.

Source: IDC and App Annie

Games represent roughly 40 percent of all downloads from both the App Store and Google Play. GungHo Online's Puzzle & Dragons was the top-grossing title across both iOS and Android during the first quarter: Supercell's Clash of Clans ranks second in App Store revenues, followed by King's Candy Crush Saga, Supercell's Hay Day and Electronic Arts' The Simpsons: Tapped Out, which has raked in close to $50 million since launching in August 2012.

CJ E&M's Everybody Cha Cha Cha ranks second on worldwide Google Play revenues in the first quarter, followed by WeMade's WindrunnerCandy Crush Saga and Actoz Soft's Million Arthur.

Although IDC and App Annie did not attach exact dollar figures to their findings, research firm Canalys recently reported that global revenues from premium downloads, in-app purchases and content subscriptions across the App Store, Google Play, BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) World and Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone Store increased to $2.2 billion during the first quarter, up 9 percent over the fourth quarter of 2012. Consumers downloaded a total of 13.4 billion apps and games during the period, increasing 11 percent quarter-over-quarter.

For more:
- read this App Annie blog post

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