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