Game app usage up 75% during the COVID-19 pandemic

Anne Freier | April 7, 2020

App Business

Usage of gaming apps has risen 75% week-over-week, according to newly published data by Verizon.

With more people staying at home in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus that’s hardly a surprise. But according to AdColony, user behaviour on mobile devices has changed significantly.

The latest Covid Gaming Trends report finds that 46% of respondents are using their mobiles more outside of work.

Around 23% are playing new games on there smartphones. And gamers appear to be more focused with 35% focusing solely on their mobile games while playing (compared to 32% watching content on streaming platforms at the same time).

A third also said they played multiple games at the same time.

A total 858 million apps were downloaded during the social distancing week in light of COVID-19.

Card games (+21%), Word games (+14%) and Board games (+13%) all attracted some of the most notable app downloads.

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