The NPD Group has announced that there is currently around 211.5 million gamers in the US, which is down five percent compared to last year. Out of the six gamer segments listed in the report, only mobile gaming saw an increase compared to last year. The study says that mobile gamers now represent the largest gamer segment, ahead of core gamers, which was the largest segment in 2011.
“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. It’s the revenue contribution of the Core Gamer segment that continues to outpace all other segments, and remains vital to the future of the industry.”
“While this study segments the gaming audience based on a number of key variables and attributes, looking across the total gaming audience we see a tremendous impact from mobile gaming, particularly on smartphones and tablets,” she continued. “Because of this, our next study, which will be released later this month, takes a deeper look into the area of mobile gaming.”
– Anita Frazier, industry analyst, The NPD Group.