With the rise of free-to-play games and cheap apps, and thus less attention to consoles, we present you 5 interesting mobile gaming facts below. They better explain the reason the mobile gaming industry is taking off so successfully.

With 21 billion downloads of game apps on mobile phones and tablet PCs in 2012, market research company - Juniper predicts that the number will soar to 64.1 billion by 2017, which will also mobile devices become the primary device for gamers. As for now, smartphones equal to consoles as preferred gaming platform.

More people are willing to pay for games than for any other app category. 93% of the app downloaders pay for games, while only 84% of them pay for the apps from productivity category, 77% for food and drinks and 76% for news.

According to the latest research on mobile gaming market, there are now more than 500 million game lovers in the world playing their games on mobile devices, and the more appalling fact is that they are spending over US$ 10 billion every year on their mobile gaming habits.

Globally, the average player spent 154.1 minutes playing social games in the last quarter of 2012. That’s an average of 5.6 play sessions for an average of 23.7 minutes per person. Gender gap has also been revealed, showing that female gamers played 22 percent more sessions than their male counterparts.

And the last one for now- the highest percentage of mobile games are played in the bedroom. The recent research by MocoSpace, surveying 15,000 U.S. users has concluded that 96% percent play on their mobile device while home and 53 %t of those are doing it in bed.

What are your thoughts? Should you be aware of any other bizarre mobile gaming facts, do not hesitate to share with us in the comments below.