Android, iOS Games Rake in More Cash Than Sony and Nintendo

Sony and Nintendo are seeing their game revenues drop, thanks to Android and iOS.

In 2009, 81 percent of revenue from portable game software belonged to Sony and Nintendo, but the pair's cut has since dwindled to an estimated 42 percent this year. This information comes to us from an analysis by Flurry Analytics.

Flurry pegs software revenues from portable games at $2.7 billion in 2009, $2.5 billion in 2010, and $3.3 billion in 2011.

"The most striking trend is that iOS and Android games have tripled their market share from roughly 20 percent in 2009 to nearly 60 percent in just two years," Flurry analyst Peter Farago writes in a company blog post.

"Simultaneously," he continues, "Nintendo, the once dominant player, has been crushed down to owning about one-third of market in 2011, from having controlled more than two-thirds in 2009."

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miyamoto3502d ago (Edited 3502d ago )

As predicted by David Jaffe and Dennis Dyack, could the Android Platform be the one universal gaming standard to rule them all?

Could Android be the one open universal gaming platform of the future?

The PS Vita is the first dedicated mobile gaming platform that uses the Android OS and seeing the relationship of Sony and Google I have no doubt that the next PlayStation home console the PS4 will be using Android OS as well.

The openness of Linux Kernel and the Android could be Sony's ticket to mass market game development for the PlayStation platform. Blurring the lines between multiple hardware configurations like smart phones, tablets, laptop pcs, desktop pcs and dedicated gaming devices as well.

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yesmynameissumo3502d ago

PS Vita doesn't use Android OS.

miyamoto3502d ago

yes it does albeit a customized version

yesmynameissumo3502d ago

No, it doesn't. It's a custom OS. PlayStation Suite is the SDK for Android.

"Although similar in multitasking function, we do know that the device's OS is not android"

miyamoto3502d ago

hmn.... maybe its not a custom androiod os because Hirai said its also looking into the iOS and Windows OS in the future. if the PS suite becomes successful on Android

KiLLUMiNATi_893502d ago (Edited 3502d ago )

Wake up bro it was only a dream.... Plus this ain't a shocker at all...

Christopher3502d ago

Percentage of lost market does not equate to decrease in revenue. It indicates a growth in the market. Of course, Sony has practically dropped its mobile gaming market and Nintendo is dealing with getting a mew platform out there. Their revenue will more than likely stay the same and mobile gaming has just expanded the market, not taken it away from Sony or Nintendo.

Razongunz3501d ago

i just saw ur chat xD just had to comment on it.. thats alot of respect in those bubbles ;)

duplissi3502d ago

haha.... youre funny ps vita does not run android in any form whatsoever, the only reason why android comes up when talking about the vita is because the vita will be able to play ps suite games... and even then the relationship is sketchy at best.

besides sony isnt stupid! if the vita ran android it would be hacked to kingdom come before you could say playstation....

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Pikajew3502d ago

Because sheep buy them

VampiricDragon3502d ago

Wheres the 3ds?

What about the fact that the ds and psp are at the end of there lives?:

What about the fact that its like comparing apples to oranges. not to mention that most of that revenue doesnt even help a garage dev make profit

What about the fact that this was done by a bias mobile research company?

So yeah the numbers are bias, and only account for half the picture.

Considering 1) The 3ds is outpacing the ds 2) The 3ds is number 1 worldwide right now.

I dont think the 3ds has much to worry about in the future, and the vita isnt even out yet. Lets see what the numbers are 2 years from now when both are really crushing the competition

Wintersun6163502d ago

The headline suggests that they rake in more money than Sony and Nintendo, the story is talking about Sony and Nintendos handhelds only. Begging for hits much?

And checking out the sources blog, they're clearly a bunch of smartphone fanboys who are comparing apples to oranges (no pun intended) and can't understand the differences between a mobile phone game and Vita game. All they see are sales numbers and are now dooming 3DS and Vita to the darkest depths of hell.

Wizziokid3502d ago

more people in the world would rather have a phone then say a PSP? it's just common sense guys and when you get a phone which supports say android or an iphone of course you will get apps for it...

don't read too much into it

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