A new report from DFC Intelligence says Apple iPhone and iPod Touch will fuel growth in the handheld game market, reports Industry Gamers.  DFC predicts the market for portable games will reach $11.7 billion by 2014, with Apple driving the majority of the growth to eventually make up nearly a quarter of the market.

Citing the report, DFC s David Cole suggests Sony PSP and Nintendo DS have peaked.  He sees the dedicated handheld game consoles maintaining their leads in market penetration, but remaining flat in growth as Apple’s multi-use devices gain a bigger foothold in games.  The firm also surveyed 8,000 people to find mobile gaming habits are on the rise.  It found 45 percent of Americans and 36 percent of Europeans surveyed have purchased apps in the past year, with Apple’s App Store the most popular service.

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