Analyst: Global PC game sales surpass consoles


— 10:40 AM on April 28, 2014

According to market research firm DFC Intelligence, PC game revenues are now ahead of consoles. The word comes from DFC owner David Cole, who told UK site PCR that "on a global basis PC games have surpassed console games." DFC expected the shift to happen, but not until 2015. Cole went on to say that the latest consoles could boost game sales on that side of the fence, though.

Unfortunately, Cole didn't supply supporting figures to back up his assertion. He did make a couple of other interesting observations, however. Free-to-play and "multiplayer online battle arena" games like League of Legends and Dota 2 "dominate everything else by an order of magnitude in terms of more usage than other products," he said. Also, surprisingly, DFC's "top 20 list for 2013 had no titles released that year." That seems a little weird, though plenty of older games are still popular, especially on a global scale.

In related news, the Entertainment Software Association has released a report on gaming trends in the U.S. The lengthy document (PDF) is loaded with infographics that delve into sales, demographics, and usage data. Although there are few details specific to PC gaming, the report does claim that 59% of Americans are gamers on at least one platform, be it the PC, consoles, or mobile devices.

The ESA report suggests that a lot of American gamers are of the more casual variety. For example, the most popular online game categories are "casual/social" at 30% and "puzzle, board game, game show, trivia, and card games" at 28%. Action, sports, strategy, and role-playing games combine to make up only 25%, while "persistent multi-player universe" titles are responsible for only 11%. Those statistics aren't segmented by platform, and it's likely the mobile scene is skewing the numbers. Casual/social gaming on mobile devices grew 55% last year, according to the ESA's figures.

The key takeaway, I suppose, is that good data on PC gaming trends is hard to find. But gaming seems to be growing overall, and all indications suggest the PC is a big part of the upswing.

   
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