PC Games Make More Money than Console Games, Says Analyst
Research company DFC Intelligence says that PC games now make more money than console games, and have a broader audience.
In an interview with UK tech website PCR, DFC intelligence owner David Cole said,
“Among core gamers there is a heavy overlap with most console gamers also playing on a PC. The big difference is that consoles are now the luxury item and PCs are the necessity. Just a few years ago the reverse was true. This means PCs have the broader audience.”
Not surprisingly, Cole also said that MOBAs League of Legends and DOTA 2, “dominate everything else by an order of magnitude in terms of more usage than other products. Beyond that it is a nice mix of MMO, strategy and first person shooter.” Cole also pointed out that in recent years, Europe has driven trends in the PC market, especially around free-to-play titles. He expects that the big trend coming out of the US in 2014 will be more triple-A titles releasing for PC.
To me, the most interesting statistic in the interview wax the revelation that despite a dearth of high-profile PC releases in 2013, player hours remained consistent with 2012. “PC player hours have also been remarkably consistent. We had expected hours to fall in 2013 because there were not any major new releases. However, hours were actually flat with 2012 which bodes very well for the market going forward as more triple-A titles are released,” said Cole.
The PC market in 2014 will have to contend with both Sony and Microsoft making major software pushes for their recently-launched consoles, but if past performance is any indication, it could be a great year to be a PC gamer.