MILLENNIALS MAY NOT LOVE MOBILE GAMES

Mobile Commerce Press
JUNE 16, 2013 BY 

Favored demographic appears disinterested in mobile games

Millennials are one of the favored demographics of the game industry. Those born beyond 1981 technically qualify to be associated within this demographic and are considered to be the most tech-savvy generation of modern times. Because this generation grew up steeped in technology, they have a special place within the game industry, especially where mobile games are concerned. As such, developers tend to focus on this demographic a great deal when they make new mobile games. Millennials, however, are not as focused on games as the industry may think.

Report highlights the time spent on mobile games

Flurry, an analytics and market research firm focused on the mobile sector, has released a new report concerning the time that Millennials spend on their mobile devices. The report notes that a massive portion of this generation makes use of smartphones and tablets for one purpose or another. Many of these people play mobile games, but the report shows that mobile games receive the absolute least amount of a consumer’s time.

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Millennials spend little of their time on gaming

According to the report, Millennials are not the primary demographic for mobile games. This generation spends significantly more time on social networking applications and other entertainment platforms than they do on gaming. Despite this, however, the majority of the game industry is devoted to marketing to this demographic in the hopes of finding some degree of success. The report shows that Millennials do devote some of their time to mobile games, but not as much as the industry may have hoped.

POPULAR DEMOGRAPHIC MAY NOT BE AS INTERESTED IN GAMES AS PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT

One of the reasons that Millennials do not spend significant amounts of time engaged in mobile games may be due to the very nature of the games themselves. Mobile games are designed to be addicting, but typically only offer small amounts of content. This content can often been experienced in a matter of hours and Millennials have notoriously shallow attention spans. Consumers often play mobile games for a short period of time before moving on to the next experience.


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