Is there a source (or perhaps several) presenting how was the world game market segmented in 2011 (or does anybody know themselves)? For example:

  • How many casual gamers there are? What is the total business, of which how much in virtual item sales?
  • How many console gamers there are? How much is spent in hardware, how much in software?
  • How many mobile gamers there are? How much is spent in hardware, how much in software?

And how all above is in different regions / countries?

  • \$\begingroup\$ I am aware that the questions can be made much more refined and detailed, e.g. on social gamers there is this research infosolutionsgroup.com/pdfs/… but I am looking for an overview. Thanks. \$\endgroup\$ – Pietro Polsinelli Jan 24 '12 at 13:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ What is it that you hope to gain by having this information? \$\endgroup\$ – user1430 Jan 24 '12 at 15:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ What is a "casual gamer"? How do you define that term? \$\endgroup\$ – Nicol Bolas Jan 24 '12 at 16:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ This question appears to be off-topic because it is about industry trivia. \$\endgroup\$ – user1430 Oct 29 '14 at 15:47

Generally you need to pay for this information, and I don't believe the comprehensive information you are specifically asking for is available all from a single source.

There was a similar question awhile ago asking specifically about casual gaming breakdown. Of the sources provided in that question, the following are likely the most relevant to your broader question:

These can provide you breakdowns of the relative distributions of (sometimes potential) casual or console gamers based on retail metrics and whatnot. I believe they both are US-focused, however. You'd have to find similar organizations for other regions.

Obtaining accurate financial statistics (total revenue in the casual space, et cetera) is not practical because not all companies disclose this information.

  • \$\begingroup\$ irrelevant comment: when I read your first sentence, I immediately imagined some villain screaming "You will PAY FOR THIS!" \$\endgroup\$ – jhocking Jan 24 '12 at 17:22
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    \$\begingroup\$ All of my answers should be read in Evil Villain Voice. \$\endgroup\$ – user1430 Jan 24 '12 at 17:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ explosm.net/db/files/Comics/Dave/comicsuperheroes1.png \$\endgroup\$ – Jordaan Mylonas Jan 25 '12 at 4:15

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