research firm M:Metrics has published data showing March 2006 from a mobile gamer's perspective. The firm claims that
the mobile market is stagnating; the number of mobile gamers is remaining constant month-on-month with only a tiny
fraction of mobile phone users (0.5%) downloading their first game in March.
The percentage of phone users
who use their handset for downloadable games is low, with the UK standing at 4.7% and the US at 2.7%. Given the
millions of mobile phones in the market, that still represents a large number of consumers, many of whom are repeat
customers. However, a lack of compelling reasons to buy new titles -- as well as high prices -- are putting consumers
off. After all, already-downloaded and preinstalled games fit the interstitial nature of mobile gaming just as well as
brand new releases.