As part of the research study titled Digital Australia 2012, the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association and Bond University surveyed 1252 households comprising 3533 women, men and children in June.
The number of people downloading games has doubled and should "skyrocket" with the rollout of the National Broadband Network, which has been deemed as the most expensive broadband network in the world.
Leading chief researcher Jeff Brand believes that high-speed broadband offerings has fuelled the trend in digital online gaming, which is seeing a shift from console bound gaming to mobile smartphones and tablets.
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Mobile phones and tablets are the most commonly used platforms for gaming, with 43 per cent of people using them. The reason for playing mobile games is to pass time," he said.
In contrast, having fun was second with 37 per cent of gamers using conventional gaming consoles, such as Sony's PlayStation 3 and Xbox's 360.
Brand also noted that single player campaigns were 'surprisingly' rising despite the online phenomenon of Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) games. He credits its continuously rising momentum to smartphones, but does predict an eventual shift to mobile online gaming as network speeds improve.