Survey: 40m US gamers play on iOS devices, 41m on DS

By Matthew ยท 11 replies
Sep 13, 2010
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  1. Market research outfit Newzoo has released the highlights (PDF) of its International Gamers Survey 2010, showing that 40.1 million people in the US play games on Apple's iOS devices (iPods, iPhones and iPads). That's more than half of the 77 million mobile gaming audience in the US. Only the Nintendo DS has a larger following with 41 million gamers ages 10 and up. Both are well ahead of the PSP's 18 million.

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  2. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    What constitutes a gamer in this survey though; anyone who has any device and plays any game on it for any amount of time?
  3. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,333   +101

    I assume durations and so on are broken down in the full report which is blocked behind a hefty membership fee ($700/yr). However, if you want to be technical, any person who plays games for any amount of time on any device is indeed a gamer. Perhaps only a casual gamer, but a gamer nonetheless.
  4. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Are people who played solitaire with cards gamers too, or only those that play it on the computer?
  5. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    Well, iPhone and iPod touch are pretty much just toys to cram with free games and music. So yes, they are ranked quite high! :(
  6. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +860

    I'd consider someone who routinely plays Solitaire a gamer. My Mom used to play Solitaire and Mah-Jong (a solitare tile game) for hours and hours each week. It was one of her primary forms of entertainment. She was as much a gamer as I am playing the "real" games like Crysis, Bioshock, Mass Effects, etc.
  7. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,676   +991

    Interesting stat but I agree with some of the comments above... I play Sudoku from time to time on my iPhone, but in my mind that's not the same as playing Rock Band on the Xbox or Starcraft on the PC.
  8. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    @Matthew. I disagree. And apparantly so does aeris.

  9. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Live on stage...its 'the Who-lio"

    Rock Band ey Julio?
    I have you pegged as a drummer.:p
  10. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 612

    I almost felt bad for The PSP stats until I remembered that Sony ran their own customer base out.
  11. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,676   +991

    @red, heh, must be the impression from my long hair days if you ever saw a picture of me like that. But I think I'm much better at the guitar, nothing compared to those youtube kids though. That's insanity, lol.
  12. Axiarus

    Axiarus TS Maniac Posts: 253   +126

    Simply playing a game on a phone does not make you a gamer. This article insults actual gamers.

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