Gaming Explodes Due to Smartphones, Tablets

In a new consumer research project titled “Online Gaming and Digital Distribution,” Parks Associates found that the number of gamers more than doubled over the past three years, thanks in main part to the proliferation of smartphones and tablets. The firm’s data shows that the number of people who play at least one hour of videogames per month grew from 56 million in 2008 to 135 million in 2011. Most of these newcomers are casual gamers, playing games such as Farmville or Angry Birds on both social networks and mobile devices. Meanwhile, gaming consoles are losing their market dominance, and MMORPG games, the traditional realm of the hardcore gamer, have stagnated over recent years.

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