Mobile Gamers Now Outnumber Core Gamers, According To NPD Survey

Mobile Gamers Now Outnumber Core Gamers, According To NPD Survey
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The NPD Group — the same folks who make news every month by reporting video game sales numbers — have been counting the amount of people who play games, too. They have news. Depending on how you identify and what you care about, you may want to have a seat.

Approximately 12 million fewer people are playing video games in 2012. The research firm says that the total number of current estimated gamers is 211.5 million, a five per cent drop when compared to 2011. NPD’s study, based on 8488 responses to an online survey, found that mobile gamers segment are outstripping core gamers in terms of numbers. But core gamers spend more money, which makes them “vital to the future of the industry.” (When contacted by Kotaku, NPD said that respondents could only belong to one group.)

Game purchasers reported spending an average of $US48 on physical games and $US16 on digital games-PC/console/portable in the past three months. Core gamers spent $US65 on physical games over the same time period; this is more than any other gamer segment.

You read get more details from the NPD survey here.


  • Does it mention that many of the mobile gamers are actually the same core gamers who are playing games on their phones as well as consoles/pcs?

    The decline is most likely all those non gamers that went and bought a Wii or dabbled in some social farming games, hardly surprising they lost interest. Core gamers will always be there, spending the most money, spending over a billion dollars on one AAA title.

  • Mobile gaming isn’t even a thing. If angry birds and words with friends weren’t free people would still be playing snake

  • It’s muggles versus magicals (See: WhatGamesAre). You usually can’t make one into the other, so why even compare them? Or, more classically, apples and oranges. Some people like oranges (traditional games) and not apples (mobile games). Some people, perhaps more, like apples and not oranges. Some people like both. If you’re a big supermarket (the gaming industry), do you only sell apples because they’re more popular?

  • There’s this whole group of people also, who use desktop PC’s as main, shit old nokia brick phones, and are maybe into exclusivly nintendo and or playstation or both- and have never bought any form of ifail.

  • I would assume core gamers are PC, XBOX, and PS gamers. Anything else doesn’t count….
    But PCs created the ‘computer game’
    IMHO >:-D

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