Gaming apps are experiencing their biggest year yet, fueled by record levels of app downloads and consumer spending. Mobile app usage across all categories grew 40% year-over-year with Gaming apps leading the way, according to data from app store intelligence provider App Annie for the second quarter of 2020. April saw an all-time high of over 200 billion hours. Meanwhile, consumer spending in apps spiked to $27 billion. Games and esports analytics firm Newzoo reckons roughly one-third of the planet’s population—that’s 2.6 billion people—will play mobile games this year. Many are die-hard gaming fans, and many more are part of a new and captive audience forced by global events to practice social distancing and use their downtime to seek digital distractions.
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