iOS, Android games eclipse handheld games in Q4

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new report from research firm IDC and App Annie has found that combined consumer spending on iOS App Store and Google Play games eclipsed that of dedicated handheld games in Q4. [caption id="attachment_8708" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Credit: IDC"][/caption] Dedicated handheld gaming showed particular seasonality; close to 60 percent of Q4 consumer spending on Nintendo and Sony handheld gaming software occurred in December, a significantly higher share than was the case for December iOS App Store or Google Play game spending. The report charts mobile application downloads and consumer spend alongside worldwide dedicated handheld gaming packaged software shipments. ?While the most popular games and their business models are quite distinct, Nintendo and Apple were surprisingly close in terms of aggregate consumer spend on game software in the fourth quarter of 2012,? said Lewis Ward, IDC?s gaming research manager. ?Seasonality is more pronounced in the dedicated handheld space and we hope this report series will help clarify the evolution of portable gaming dynamics in 2013 and beyond.? ]]>

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