Report: PC Software Sales Hit Record $20B in 2012

PC software sales hit a record $20 billion worldwide last year, according to a report commissioned by the PC Gaming Alliance.

That figure represents growth of 8 per cent year-on-year, and every geographic region tracked by the report showed signs of improvement. China contributed $6.8 billion of global revenue.

Analyst David Cole said:

“DFC was surprised the industry still showed growth in 2012 with the decline of large subscription MMOs, heavy attention being paid to the impact of mobile games, and the struggle of many social network games.

“However, 2012 saw significantly increased distribution of successful titles that positively impacted the market, including Diablo III, Guild Wars 2, Minecraft and the Mists of Pandaria expansion to World of Warcraft.”

According to the report, there are now 1 billion PC gamers worldwide, around a quarter of which can be identified as “core” players interested in traditional genres like strategy, action and role-playing games.

The outlook for the future remains positive: the global PC software industry is expected to grow to $25.7 billion in sales by 2016.

via GI International

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5 Comments on Report: PC Software Sales Hit Record $20B in 2012


On March 29, 2013 at 9:03 am

“The PC industry is dying I tell you!”

At least that is what developers/pubishers used to insist when they tried to explain console exclusive rights to their games a couple of years ago.

I have been playing computer games since my Amstrad CPC 464 and I can tell you every year gaming has become more and more popular, not only that gaming in general has become far more socially acceptable over the years, not just designated a nerdy interest.


On March 29, 2013 at 11:13 am

@Aedelric: Damn, dude. Amstrad CPC 464? That’s a name I’ve never heard of. I remember playing on IBM compatibles and Commodores since I was a kid.


On March 29, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Thats excellent.
I will predict it will double by the end of year after they unveil the new consoles and what they are capable of. I predict the hardcore console gamer which is about 35 percent will abandon these paltforms and become P.C. gamers.


On March 29, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Yeah but I wish I could return half of the stuff I bought in 2012


On March 30, 2013 at 5:24 am

PC gaming is dead! Long live PC gaming!