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Mobile Games To Trump Consoles In 2015, Study Says

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Mobile games will bring in $25 billion this year and are poised to overtake the console market in 2015, according to Newzoo, a research firm for the gaming market.

With screen sizes in smartphones increasing and tablet gaming on the rise, mobile games have found fertile ground in casual gamers. Newzoo expects the growth in mobile gaming market to be the fastest from China and South East Asia at 86 percent, with North American at 51 percent, and Western Europe at 47 percent.

"Mobile is now expected to become the largest game segment by revenues in 2015, an astonishing feat given that Apple App Store only launched in 2008," the firm said.

Newzoo said the competition between the dominant platforms iOS and Android is moving to tablets, with the iPad attracting most of the mobile gaming revenues in developed Western markets. In smartphones, however, Android devices bring in more gaming revenues than iPhone in most of these countries.

In September, digital research firm SuperData had issued a less optimistic forecast for mobile games, expecting the segment to generate $21 billion in 2014, with most spending coming through player's purchasing options for extending and quickening gameplay.

Newzoo says the Apple App Store accounts for about half the revenues in the mobile industry, trailed closely by Google Play.

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