Mobile devices are now the most popular gaming platform in Canada

The Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC) says that phones and tablets are now Canada’s most popular gaming platforms.

Though ownership of game time spent playing console titles hasn’t really changed since 2014, 41 percent of Canadians now report playing video games on mobile devices the most often. This is a significant jump from the six percent reported on mobile back in 2012.

“There’s no doubt anymore that video games are entrenched in popular culture and entertainment,” said Jayson Hilchie, president and CEO of ESAC, in a statement sent to MobileSyrup.

“Mobile games have exploded in popularity; top charts for mobile apps are routinely dominated by video games. Pokémon Go is a great example of a successful mobile game that has combined the popular adventure genre with a nostalgic franchise on an innovative Augmented Reality (AR) platform. No longer relegated to arcades and basements, video games are omni-present thanks to the mobile games phenomenon,” added Hilchie.

Mobile gaming also has captured the attention of a new audience, with female gamers now playing nine percent more mobile titles on a daily basis when compared to their male counterparts.

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