(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – There appears to have been a dramatic shift in exactly what type of games people are playing. On Wednesday, research group NPD unveiled analysis indicating that mobile gamers now represent the majority of the overall gaming market (22%), a shift that could be attributed to the emergence of smartphones and tablet devices.
What could be considered much more astonishing is that the research firm discovered an overall decline of 5% in the video gaming population. “Given the long lifecycles of the current consoles and the increasing installed base of smartphones and tablets, it’s not surprising to see a slight decline in the Core Gamer segment,” commented industry analysts at NPD Anita Frazier in a press release.
That percentage drop represents the loss of nearly 12 million gamers, said NDP. While the console market may be falling and mobile games increasing, another key demographic is picking up. Digital gaming now represents 16% of the overall market. That’s up 4% from a previous report.
Console makers including Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony are all expected to release next generation consoles within the next two years. Meanwhile, NDP is expected to release new research later this month further emphasizing the role mobile devices are having on the gaming market.