The NPD Group has released a new report, Kids and Gaming 2015, which shows that the mobile revolution has really hit the younger generation of gamers. It turns out that 63% of children ages 2-17 prefer mobile devices. Meanwhile, 45% of those kids play games on a computer, which is a considerable decrease from the 2013 report (22% lower). This happened among all the children, but in particular, the ones between ages 2 and 5. While consoles also saw a decline, it wasn’t as pronounced as PC gaming. And while mobile gaming didn’t particularly increase, the amount of time that children were spending playing games on those devices did.
Liam Callahan, industry analyst for The NPD Group had this to say:
“The largest and most surprising shift in the 2015 gaming ecosystem was kids’ move away from the computer. In the past, the computer was considered the entry point for gaming for most kids, but the game has changed now that mobile has moved into that position. This may be related to a change in the behavior of parents that are likely utilizing mobile devices for tasks that were once reserved for computers.”
The report also dives into the amount of money spent in the past three months. You can check out the official press release here.
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