Global smartphone device shipments are predicted grow at a rate of 49.2%, according to IDC. Other key points include:

  • Smartphone shipments will surpass 450 million units in 2011
  • Smartphone shipments were 303.4 million units in 2010
  • Android is expected to reach market share of nearly 40% by the end of 2011
  • Symbian is expected to fall to a little over 20% of the overall market
  • iOS is expected to have around 16% by the end of 2011
  • BlackBerry is expected to end the year at 14.9% of the overall market

There’s a nice table showing the 2015 market share predictions here.

Pearl Research recently released its Internet Cafes in Asia study. Key points include:

  • Revenues from Internet cafes in Asia will rise to more than $19 billion in 2011
  • There are now 350,000 Internet cafes across Asia.
  • Some of the larger Internet cafes have more than 200 PCs each and generate half a million dollars in sales per year
  • Cafes in India and Vietnam tend to have an average of 20 seats
  • Home PCs have 82% penetration in South Korea, but have little effect on the popularity of Internet cafes in the country

 

According to a new Business Insights report called The Future of Social Gaming:

  • As of 2010, there were almost 600 million social gamers
  • China made the greatest contribution to total player numbers in 2010, with 109  million players
  • The US was second in total players in 2010, with 95 million
  • By 2015, they expect the number of players in China to reach 273 million
  • By 2015, they expect the number of players in the U.S. to reach 150 million
  • The global social gaming market was worth just under $1.5 billion in 2010, and is forecast to reach almost $4 billion in 2015
  • The most important market is the US, with revenues of $670 milion expected to grow to $1.2 billion in 2015
  • Japan is in second place, with a $180 million market that is forecast to reach $570 million in 2015
  • The Big Four leading games developers – Zynga, EA, CrowdStar and Playdom
  • Zynga is far larger than its competitors, with 195 million active users across its titles, compared to second-placed EA’s 39 million active users

People often ask me what are the top 10 online sites for MMO news and reviews and I figured I would go ahead and post it up. This is purely my opinion and not in any specific order, but here are the 10 sites I would approach first when launching any MMO game:

  • MMORPG.com
  • TenTonHammer
  • IGN Vault Network
  • Massively
  • ZAM
  • Warcry
  • Massive Online Gamer
  • MMOSite
  • Curse
  • FreeMMOGamer

Nintendo’s Wii™ console has crossed the 35 million sales mark in the United States, according to the NPD Group.

More than 454,000 Wii consoles sold in February to put Wii across the 35 million mark faster than any other console in U.S. history.