iPhone most popular dev platform in UK - Report

UK developers favour iPhone over traditional handhelds; iPad development also on the rise.

Sixty-one percent of UK developers are making games for Apple's iPhone, according to a report by the UK games industry trade association TIGA. The iPhone is now the most popular development platform in the UK, closely followed by the PC with 59 percent of developers making games for it. The findings will be a blow to Nintendo and Sony, whose DS and PSP platforms command a smaller percentage of UK development--despite having been on the market much longer--at 29 and 36 percent respectively.

The iPhone's getting a lot of love from UK developers.

The findings come as part of a report from UK games industry trade body TIGA, which surveyed its 170 members. The report also found that in its two short years on the market, the iPad commands a following of 48 percent of UK developers. Though no separate figures were given for Android devices, a combined figure of 34 percent of developers make games for non-Apple mobiles and PDAs.

Since its launch in 2007, the iPhone has risen in popularity as a gaming device, along with the iPod Touch and the iPad. At an Apple press conference on Tuesday, the company revealed that it has sold more than 250 million iOS devices, also proclaiming that the iPod Touch is the number one handheld gaming platform in the world.

Recent findings from mobile analytics firm Distimo found that games represent the largest single app category on Apple App Store, accounting for half of the downloads of both free and paid apps. It also discovered that more than five million games a day were downloaded in the US and six European territories during March 2011, with users downloading an average of 2.5 games per month.

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marvel456
marvel456

This answers the question as to why EA Sports made an iPhone and iPad version of FIFA 12.

gameking5000
gameking5000

I read on the BBC that game devs are moving overseas from Britain and that the UK government needs to act. @SmashBrawlerBoy It might be easier to develop games on the iPhone but I think it would be harder to market and sell games on the App Store.

SmashBrawlerBoy
SmashBrawlerBoy

99% of iPhone devs are only devs because dev for the iphone is a piece of cake and 99% of those devs are not deserving of even a margin of respect. They only put out clutter on the app store and try to catch your eye with a $00.99 cent price tag to make quick and easy money before word catches that their product sucks, by which for the purchasee is too late.

redskinStu
redskinStu

Just like the Wii was the most popular five years ago.

AdderD
AdderD

Britain is basically casual-land when it comes to video games. I should know, I live there!

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@freedomspopular Get out of here, most people that I know hate iPhone gaming. I suppose the way to look at is British developers like little hassle combined with easy money, the iPhone market offers just that.

freedomspopular
freedomspopular

In other words, British gamers don't like to play real games.

cjimrun
cjimrun

I just got an I-Phone myself and the number 1 selling point for me was the games. I love my PSP, but it isn't practical for me to bring it everywhere, while my phone is always on me.