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Forecast: Mobile Gaming to Top $6.8B by 2013

By Jason Ankeny

The global mobile gaming market will exceed $6.8 billion by 2013, according to a new forecast issued by market research firm In-Stat. Among the 2,000 respondents queried by In-Stat, 29.5 percent report playing games on their mobile handsets, with 20 percent of gamers downloading games from Internet sites other than their mobile carrier's site.

While mobile gaming is already a billion-dollar industry in the U.S., In-Stat notes the segment faces significant challenges: "The mobile gaming development industry is highly fragmented due to the wide variety of mobile operating systems, available handsets, and lack of industry standardization," said analyst Jill Meyers in a prepared statement.

"This fragmentation has resulted in mobile developers and publishers making the difficult decision of spending finite resources developing games on the platforms they believe will have the best chance of success," he added.

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