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Follow the money: mobile gaming

A lot about mobile gaming these days, seemingly a very profitable area of business, if you are lucky enough to get a hit that is.

Infographic- The Rise and Rise of Mobile Gaming – News & Opinion –

“But mobile gaming is a tough nut to crack for developers. Just ten game publishers account for more than half of all downloads of the top 300 iPhone paid games.”

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“looking ahead to next year, 50 percent of those surveyed say in-app purchasing will be the most important strategy, tying with app store sales.”

“91 percent say iPhone is their target platform”

I double-checked the above statements and the second one is very misleading (see Q3 2011 Appcelerator-IDC Mobile Developer Report now available for download – Appcelerator). It means that 91% of those that work with AppCelerator (and not developers in general) work with iPhone, but almost as many also work with Android. A company providing mobile apps at least has to work with iOS and Android.

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“Mobile is clearly poised to be a massive market for gaming, and many companies (and their investors) and (sic!) hoping to surge to success the way Zynga has on Facebook.”