NPD Report: America’s Gamer Population Shrinking; Mobile Gamers Dominate

The sky is falling.

According to an NPD Group report, fewer Americans are playing video games in 2012 than there were in 2011, and mobile gamers now constitute the largest market share.

According to NPD, 211.5 million people are playing video games in the U.S. this year, a five percent drop since 2011. Console gamers, light PC gamers, avid PC gamers, and family/kid gamers saw the biggest drop in players, but the downloadable/online and mobile gamer segments experienced substantial growth, with mobile gamers seeing the largest increased.

Will the next generation of consoles shake up these numbers?

via Massively

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5 Comments on NPD Report: America’s Gamer Population Shrinking; Mobile Gamers Dominate


On September 5, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Next gen consoles? We don’t have to wait that long, just watch what happens after halo 4, call of crap bo2, AC3 drops, then we’ll see a change in the numbers. Also have a private hope that X-Rebirth comes out soon and is successful on PC, but people just seem to just plain suck at x-series games, a real shame considering how close egosoft is with their fan and mod communities.


On September 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Next Gen machines will be the nail in the coffin and finally end console gaming.
What developers need to do is start continue making games for current gen because these machines are still not put to there limits yet. I’m tired of buying new consoles in which I am unable to play games from the previous ones.

Im not buying any nex gen console Im done. I have been doing this since the NES era and Im tired that I have spent thousands of dollars on these companies because nothing is backwards compatible.


On September 5, 2012 at 6:21 pm

New consoles will probably help since a lot of game companies are so reluctant to try something new and refreshing, which is causing many gamers to grow bored. Why buy a new game if it doesn’t feel new? However, the biggest thing to keep in mind is that companies back load their releases toward the later parts of the year. Many shoot for November to get in on Christmas. More people would probably answer that they were playing games if they had something new to play.


On September 5, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Considering that things have been going so well for Zynga, I’d seriously question the veracity of the report. This is just more of the same ‘sky is falling’ bulls$*t we’ve been hearing about the supposed demise of the core gaming community for over a decade now.


On September 6, 2012 at 5:09 am

This depends a lot on your definition of playing. Sure, I probably play games on my iphone more often than on my 360. I play on the bus on the way to campus, I play them during boring lectures, when I’m waiting on someone at a restaurant, ect. Do I consider myself a “mobile gamer” (if that’s even a thing…), absolutely not. I still play my xbox relatively often and would absolutely consider myself a console gamer. In the 3 years I have had an iphone, I have spent MAYBE $5 on games. Maybe. Just from looking at the stack of 360 games in my family room right now, that’s $600+. not even including the games I’ve traded in (although that isn’t many), and the accessories such as controllers and a new hard drive. I don’t get this whole mobile gaming trend. Sure there’s money to be had, but the only way to make significant amounts of it is to get a massive game going, like angry birds.