Combined iOS/Android game spending surpassed Nintendo and Sony

Nintendo and Sony once held a lock on the mobile gaming industry, but Google and Apple have cracked that wide open with their respective mobile operating systems. A new joint report from IDC and App Annie claims that combined spending on games in the App Store and Google Play in the fourth quarter 2012 was higher than the amount spent on dedicated handheld devices.

Just a couple of years ago this would have been inconceivable.



  • rj

    Not clear from the headline, but this is “mobile” game spending only.

    • rj

      To clarify my own post: iOS/Android game spending exceeded that of Nintendo and Sony handhelds, but not all of Nintendo and Sony

  • Mother Hydra

    Finally. The game, she’s a changin’

  • JohnDoey

    It is more amazing to me when you compare installed base. iOS has more than double the installed base of all the game consoles combined.

  • darwiniandude

    Phenomenal. Why? Because most iOS/Android titles are freemium or $0.99 or close to it, while Nintendo and Sony handheld titles are vastly more expensive.