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2016 was the best year yet for mobile games, with consumers spending nearly 25% more than the year prior. The breakout success of Pokémon GO propelled mobile games further ahead of consoles, PC/Mac, and handheld consoles and that’s the trend that we are going to see hereon.
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Although games represented about 35% of total
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The top grossing iOS game globally last year was Fantasy Westward
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Gaming Spotlight, 2016 Review outlines the top five grossing titles across iOS, Google Play and handheld game console platforms for all of 2016.
The top grossing handheld console title was Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon for the
For mobile games, Pokémon GO came in third in 2016 for total game spend across iOS and Google Play, despite being available for only half the year. The title generated about $950 million in direct spending in 2016.
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Given the rising interest in mobile AR games such as Pokémon GO and in mobile VR games like Mojang's Minecraft Gear VR
• Approximately 24 million Americans played an AR game in September 2016, and 56% of this gamer base was under 25 years of age (primarily reflecting Pokémon GO's popularity among children and young adults)
• About 4.5 million Americans played a VR title on their smartphone last September, and these gamer were fairly hardcore (46% played mobile games for >15 hours a week, 56% were male, and the group's average consumer spend on mobile games was 42% above the total mobile/handheld gamer average spend in 3Q 2016)
The demographics of mobile VR gamers nonetheless point to rapid revenue growth moving forward, and the fact that a large share of mobile VR gamers also enjoy eSports content implies that competitive multiplayer gaming will emerge as an important mobile VR market driver – and help put some distance between the leading suppliers and the competition.