Mobile Gaming Entrepreneurs: Paying Players Up 33%, Whales Now Less Important

In the early stages of the mobile gaming explosion, every publisher hunted whales. Only a tiny fraction of gamers actually paid for in-app goodies, and while minnows were OK for ad revenue, big spenders — the whales — drove success.

That’s changing.

Over the past three years, the number of game players who actually pay rose by a third, game monetization platform DeltaDNA says. That’s a massive difference, even though the overall percentage is still very low: 4% in North America, and 2.5% in Europe. And that’s translated to increases of 200% in revenue for strategy games and 42% for casino games.

But the paying percentage is the real news.

Get the full story in my post at Inc …