Smartphone and Tablet Games Combined Outsold Dedicated Handheld Games in Q4

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According to a new report issued by IDC and App Annie, the combined sales of games in the iOS App Store and Google Play narrowly exceeded handheld games in consumer spending in the fourth quarter of 2012.

The report shows that while iOS and Google Play games individually didn’t outpace consumer spending on dedicated handheld games (includes Nintendo and Sony packaged and digital game spending), combined the two mobile store platforms brought in more consumer spending than the dedicated handheld games. All ad revenue was excluded in the calculations.

Also included in the report is the finding that consumer spending on dedicated handheld games is much more seasonal than spending in the App store and Google Play. Sixty percent of consumer spending on dedicated handheld games in the fourth quarter took place in December.

According to IDC, over 20 billion games were downloaded across all smartphone and tablet platforms in 2012.

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