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Dutch gamer plays only one hour a day

The Netherlands has, according to market research firm Newzoo, 8 million people playing games.

They play games on consoles, but also on Facebook and Hyves or mobile phones. On average they play games one hour per day.

In total, more than five million games a day were downloaded in the US and six European territories combined during March 2011. The 63 million iOS gamers in these seven countries downloaded an average of 2.5 games per month. In-game purchases within free and paid games now amount to more than 40% of total money spent and are expected to surpass upfront payments for games in the second half of 2011.

International games market research firm Newzoo and app store analytics company Distimo have entered into a partnership to provide unique monthly data on game sales and downloads across all Apple App Stores. The countries included at launch are US, UK, Germany, France, Spain, The Netherlands and Belgium.

The share of iPhone owners who play iOS games is between 50 and 75%. Nearly 15 million Americans who play games on mobile phones or tablets actively use an iPad, and in the European countries this total is seven million. The iPad is ahead of the PlayStation Portable in terms of the total number of people playing games on a specific device.