Online gaming booming, led by Asia

    Mobile gaming revenues will reach $21.1 billion by the end of this year, driven by Asian mobile users, according to analysts at SuperData Research. That’s a 19 percent increase over 2013.SuperData founder and lead researcher, Joost van Dreunen, says Asia “accounts for over half of the worldwide mobile market and its booming smartphone industry as devices become more affordable and ubiquitous in the region.”SuperData estimates Asia’s revenue for mobile gaming will climb to $11.3 billion. This amount includes revenue that results from in-game ads and in-app purchases. Furthermore, the intelligence firm anticipates that by 2016, global gaming revenue will be at $28.2 billion once more smartphone consumers come online in Russia, India and China. Asian nations like China, South Korea and Japan spend more on a per player basis than western nations.