PC gaming grows 8% in 2012

“The PC Gaming industry showed strong overall growth of 8% in 2012, partly as a result of the Chinese market gaining traction in the $20 billion global market with record revenues of $6.8 billion,” said DFC analyst David Cole. “In spite of media focus on mobile games and struggling social network games, there are now over 1 billion PC gamers worldwide and that number will continue to grow as more PCs connect online. The ‘PCGA Pinnacle Report for Software’ describes this in close detail.”

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Keep this article in mind everytime someone tries to tell you PC gaming is dead... far from it.

SilentNegotiator1700d ago (Edited 1700d ago )

"Oh yeah?! Well the PC industry "not for profit" consortium, whose members pay $5K-$30K in dues, prepared stats that say its NOT! HA!"

I'm not saying that PC gaming is dying. I'm saying that industry fatcats claiming that their own industry saw growth in such a broad category as "PC gaming" isn't an "in your face" source.

They even point out that a lot of it is because of the growth of the Chinese market, where Pay 2 Wins are huge right now.

Special interest groups aren't in the business of telling the "truth"


Didn't understand that first part... got the 2nd and the 3rd though.

kevnb1700d ago

wll who else is going to tell the truth? Retail hates pc right now, but retail is about to lose consoles too.

Pandamobile1699d ago

Lol, fatcats? Two of the main people behind the PCGA are game developers.

SilentNegotiator1699d ago (Edited 1699d ago )


"LOL, fatcats? Look at two of the members! An entire two seventeenths of the main groups!"

The biggest members are mostly hardware and/or tech corporations.
(and might I remind you that Epic's stake in this is being one of the biggest game engine license salesmen in the industry? Not so much in being developers, where they have so often side-steped the platform the last few years)

A consortium of corporations and other persons/groups spending thousands of dollars on membership are GOING to warp stats in their favor to make themselves look good to investors. I know, it's hard to believe with how ethical corporations are, but that's something that they do.

MikeMyers1699d ago

It's always good to see positive growth in gaming, PC or any other sector. I imagine the stalled release of new console hardware helped generate interest as well.

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Donnieboi1699d ago (Edited 1699d ago )


Yeah but how many of these 8% are playing on souped-up gaming rigs? Or even half way decent rigs? Also, the inclusion of DRM is also putting a damper on bootleg games, thus causing the illusion that more people are playing, when in actuality, more people who have already been playing (though illegally), are now forced to have to pay up due to DRM which eliminates bootlegging as [their] prefered way of getting games.

Also, need I remind you that aside from some mmo's, and other game, the pc hardly has many AAA titles that require you to pay to play (many are free or microtransactions), and many of these free games don't require a great pc due to being Cloud or browser-run software.

Where is the evidence that the actual number of NEW gamers is up this year (aside from the illusion that more people are playing due to the decrease in bootlegging via DRM)? None.

fermcr1699d ago

PC gaming has been growing and console gaming has been decreasing every year...

... so i guess PC gaming is dying. /s

landog1700d ago (Edited 1700d ago )

as consoles sink in the tar pits of obscurity, pc gaming rises to its rightful place as top of the food chain, it makes more money than ps3/36/wii combined

next gen it is going to dominate even harder, far less people will buy a ps4 than ps3, same with xbox720, it will not get anywhere near the sales the 360 did

look at wii u and vita.....esshhhhh....those things might as well be cancelled all together

pc forever!!!

SilentNegotiator1700d ago (Edited 1700d ago )

The Wii U isn't going anywhere because the price is outrageous and it doesn't properly pander to either casuals (the masses) or hardcore (the group that pays a lot more money). Vita has shown that price is a major barrier for itself, as a handheld, quickly increasing sales by price cut (in Japan).

Consoles "sinking into tar pits of obscurity"? Whatever helps you sleep at night, Elitist troll. Consoles are only seeing sales slow because the generation was dragged out too long and everyone knows that new hardware is on its way. And "PC gaming makes more than all the consoles" is only true because "PC gaming" covers a stupidly broad group from Facebook to Steam to etc.

Must you make all of us PC gamers look bad?

punisher991700d ago

Now thats absolute blasphemy. If it wasnt for consoles. There would be no gaming industry period. You PC elitist with all your pirating would have killed the industry. Big 3rd party publishers like Konami, capcom, Activision, EA make most of their money off of consoles.

landog1699d ago


EA makes more money from pc than ps3

Activision is Activision/Blizzard, half of the entire company is pc only.....consoles are declining, as evidenced by the deplorable vita and wii u sales, ps4 and nextbox will not sell anything close to ps3 360 numbers...its just the way it is

don't get wrong, i love consoles....i have ps3/360/wii/ds/psp/ps2 and a ps1 even with the attached lcd screen....i love all games, but pc is dominating

consoles are far behind in every possible way....pc is already FAR beyond ps4/nextbox

16x anti aliasing
huge players base with 1000's on the same server
dedicated servers
60-120 frames per second
insane mods and community projects

its in a league of its own

xPhearR3dx1699d ago

Oh really? Interesting seeing how Diablo 3 sold over 10 million copies in 6 months time as of November of 2012. Call of Duty is the only console game to pull numbers like that. You're just so naive due to consoles being mainstreamed.

I understand your jealous because you wish you had a PC. Maybe one day you will.


SkyGamer1699d ago

landog has a point. Don't know what MS is doing and it may be in their best interest to make an entertainment cable box than a pc games console. Problem most people will face is that either you will spend 400+ on a ps4 or spend another 100 bucks and get a laptop with similar specs, at least the eight core and ddr3 laptop ram is dirt cheap. Maybe not the 7970m but at least a gtx630m which is more than suited to play most games. People just don't have the time to sit down and invest more than 2 hours into something. The mass normally would generally prefer spending a little bit of precious time just casually doing something, browsing the web, facebook, tv crap like that. Reason why shooters are popular because you can jump online, play a few matches then jump off. If the holodeck isn't real in the new Xbox, they will not do well either. Can't just have prettier graphics anymore. You should be rejoicing as this means more story and a different way to interact with the game instead of the tired old method. If the industry doesn't do something different, it will just be a distant memory. Like it or not but interaction is the new way to play. We have had a controller for about 30 years since the nes. Time to mix things up.

Qrphe1699d ago

There is no such thing as 1600p; what you're referring to is WQXGA which is 2560x1600.

CEOSteveBallmer1699d ago

Owning all consoles is different from favoring one system. You may have ps3 360 but clearly your a PC Elitist. Then dont buy PS4 and Xbox 720p. Lets see how many "exclusive" games you can play. Hell even Blizzard partnered with sony giving diablo 3. To counter your point...

Consoles Forever!!!

punisher991699d ago

The title of the article you replied to me said "EA is making more from PC than PS3". Thats probably true. But thats just one console. My point is that they sell more games on the consoles than they do the PC platform which is the #1 reason why consoles isn't going away anytime soon. And if they do go away, so will the gaming industry. COD Modern Warfare 3 have sold 14 million on the 360, about 13 million on PS3, and only 1.5 million on the PC. Another example, Battlefield 3 sold just over 6 million on the 360, and just over 6 million on the PS3. But only sold just over 2 million on the PC. Another example? Skyrim sold around 7 million on the 360. 4.5 million on the PS3, and only 2.8 million on the PC. There is no way the consoles are going anywhere, because there is no way the developers can survive without them.

landog1699d ago

thats 1.6 million pc retail, the digital downloads from amazon, steam, greenmangaming, gamers gate etc are not counted.....though i do agree many AAA multiplat games sell best on console, more so the 360/////

skyrim did 2.8 million on pc RETAIL.....probably almost 5 million on pc total with digital

but the reason AAA mulotiplats don't sell as well on ps3 and pc is becuase the have more exclusives.....pc has more exclusives than wii/ps3/360 combined

plus mods and many choices for a pc of duty is like a last resort....on else is there... halo or gears

pc has games like arma 2 and 3.....stalker....people are like "call of what???"

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Letros1700d ago

This freight train's only gonna get bigger with Steam Box.

urwifeminder1700d ago

Im one of them so glad i moved to pc as my primary gaming device sure ive spent over $2,000 ,the steam sales are amazing when i get the next xbox i will only buy bargin games.

tee_bag2421700d ago (Edited 1700d ago )

Digital download sales are worth the move to PC alone. I don't care if I have to spend $2000 on quality hardware. I'd rather it go towards hardware than over priced software and paying to game online (again) etc.
I got a mean 'overpriced' Alienware m18x r2 crossfired June last year - no turning back for me. Since then, my 3 closest coop buddie went out and bought rigs too lol

SilentNegotiator1700d ago (Edited 1700d ago )



Ahhh, right, that's a laptop model.
Still, don't go with Alienware. They're so over-priced.

ninjahunter1700d ago

theres a nice convenience factor to laptops that makes it worth it.

Truehellfire1700d ago

Agreed. Its not like he went and bought an Alienware desktop. I assume he needed a laptop for specific reasons. Probably needs to take it back and forth places

SJPFTW1700d ago

except AlienWare laptops weigh like cement blocks. So essential they are desktops with a built in monitor LOL. For a fraction of the price you can get build a way better gaming rig and still have enough left over for a real portable laptop like them ultrabooks

Qrphe1700d ago

Alienware? You never have to spend thousands to play PC games.

kevnb1700d ago

if you follow tech you will see that alienware are inconsistent with pricing. Sometimes you get a really fair price for a great machine from them.

tee_bag2421699d ago

Not arguing with you on that buddy

tee_bag2421699d ago

All valid points fellas.
I did need the portability of it so a rig couldn't work for me at this stage Silent :( - otherwise I probably would have. Considering what I run and what I've done to it I couldn't have got anything cheaper unless I compromised performance - Ie Sager or MSI.
The thing I like about the Alienware (particularly the m18x) is its the only laptop that has unrestricted OCing and a cooling system worth bothering to do so.
I installed an Extreme processor and other components without Dell voiding my warranty which is the number 1 selling point to me about AW (laptops). We all like to tinker so not throwing my warranty away while doing so is a massive " +1 "
I'm now running a 3920xm 46/44/44/43 on the multipliers, so 4.3Ghz 24/7 stable on the IB.
Its disgustingly fast for a laptop - Mark 11 - 12000 + points.
Sorry to sound like such a douch but its good if I can let you know where Im coming from :)

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