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Mobile gaming is going to be a $45 billion industry in 3 years

It is believed that these games will take off to such a degree that consoles will be left in the dust.

Digi-Capital, an intelligence firm, has released the results of some of its latest research, which has revealed that spending on mobile gaming software is growing at such a rate that it will have left consoles way behind by the year 2018.

It has predicted that spending on mobile games across all platforms, this year, will reach $88 billion.

This will, in fact, mean that mobile gaming will not only outpace that of consoles, but of the entire industry. Digi-Capital has also predicted that the tablet and smartphone games spending figure will rise at a rate of 8 percent per year, so that it will break the $110 billion mark by the close of 2018. No other type of device is expected to generate a greater amount of revenue than mobile when it comes to video games. In fact, those devices are predicted to bring in more money than consoles by this year, already.

These console and mobile gaming figures do not include the sales from hardware, such as the systems themselves.

Mobile Gaming - multi-billion dollar industryThe figures are based on the sale of mobile games, only, and do not include the income generated from the sale of systems such as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Furthermore, those figures also didn’t take into account the PC games over Steam, or any of the massively successful free-to-play games such as League of Legends.

Tim Merel, the founder and managing director of Digi-Capital, explained in the company’s report that “Where mobile games will take $3 of every $10 spent by gamers on software in 2015, that figure will go up to $4 out of every $10 by 2018.” He also went on to add that “Mobile games revenue will grow from $29 billion in 2015 to $45 billion by 2018 at 15 percent annual growth.”

Merel explained that since 2013, the Asian market has dominated the revenue for mobile gaming, when compared to Europe and North America. The company forecasted that this market will continue to move ahead, until it will represent half of all revenue in smartphone and tablet based games by 2018.

Revenue from mobile games is growing faster than other content

Within the highly competitive mobile apps market, it appears that gaming is coming out on top, at the moment.

According to the results of a study that were only just recently released, the revenues being generated from downloads of mobile games in the United States, as well as those brought in from in-game app purchases is expected to reach a growth rate of 16.5 percent, this year, over last year’s figure.

This would bring those revenues up to a projected total of $3.04 billion from U.S. downloads and in-app purchases alone.

The firm behind this projection is eMarketer, which found that while mobile games will lead the way, there will also be a notable revenue generated from ebooks, video, and music, which will be increasing at a rate of 4.4 percent, 13.8 percent, and 5.4 percent, respectively.

The report provided a considerable amount of insight in this market and suggested two primary reasons that mobile game apps are stepping up ahead of other forms of revenue. The first was from subscription services (for example, Spotify), that is slashing into individual media purchases, as well as the increase of “freemium” games (for instance, Clash of Clans, from Supercell), which can be played for free but where in-app upgrades can be purchased.

Purchases made within mobile games – such as virtual coins – are predicted to make up almost 60 percent of revenue growth.

Mobile Games - GrowthThese in app purchases, will make up 60 percent of mobile game revenue growth, and is predicted to bring in $1.82 billion, this year. As a whole, the download revenue for these smartphone and tablet apps is predicted to increase by 10.3 percent in order to come to $9.82 billion by the close of this year, said the research. Of that, games are predicted to make in a rising share of those earnings.

Last year, they comprised 29.3 percent of the earnings, but that should come up to 30.9 percent, this year. Two years ago, mobile games brought in 26.4 percent of the app download revenues. On the other hand, ebook downloads are going to bring in the most amount of money, at $4.25 billion in the United States. Video will earn $850 million and $550 million will be earned by music downloads.