According to video games researcher DFC Intelligence, the worldwide market for portable and mobile games is expected to grow to $11.7 billion by 2014. The main growth drivers will be Apple iPhone and iPod Touch devices.
By 2014, DFC says, sales for games on the iPhone/iPod Touch are expected to account for about 24% of total portable game software sales.
“The dedicated portable game systems from companies like Nintendo and Sony are still expected to lead the market, but it appears growth for these devices has peaked. The platforms from Apple are expected to be responsible for the bulk of market growth over the next few years,” says DFC analyst David Cole.
DFC also released some results from a study on the mobile game habits of over 8,000 game players in North America and Europe. 54% of respondents in North America and 69% of respondents in Europe had played a game on their mobile phone in the past year.
Also, 45% of respondents in North America and 36% in Europe had paid to purchase an application for their mobile phone. Among respondents, the App Store was already the most popular service for making purchases.
Across both North America and Europe about 15% of respondents already owned an iPhone or iPod Touch, compared with 29% that owned a Nintendo DS.
DFC Intelligence is a market research firm focused on video games, PC games, online games, and interactive entertainment.