Study: Gaming Revenues To Climb To 70B By 2017.

Global revenues generated by video gaming are going to continue to grow, ultimately reaching a kind of astonishing 17 billion dollars by 2017, according to Market research firm DFC Intelligence.

How is this growth to happen? DFC Intelligence acknowledges the rise of casual gamers, but their counterintuitive point – if you believe the casual hype, that is – is that it’s going to be core gamers, particularly PC gamers, who will be driving the majority of this vast growth. And we mean by big numbers. DFC says that PC gaming will be responsible for 39 percent, about 27.3 billion, of that total. (The image above tracks the growth of PC gaming. Yay us!) Consoles will make up an additional 36 percent, or 25.2 billion. Casual games, in this case defined as mobile device titles, will bring in about 17.5 billion).

Downloads will also be a big deal. DFC’s CEO David Cole said “Digital distribution, already widely accepted among core gamers globally, is clearly broadening access to products and driving much of the industry growth”, which means we’ll all be getting our games via Steam, making Billionaire Gabe Newell even richer, as well as Origin, GFWL and other services. But you knew that.

What’s interesting is the acknowledgment that casual gaming isn’t going to be the revolutionary change people thought it would be 3 years ago. Then again, perhaps they’re just paying attention to the news.

Via Gamasutra.

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2 Comments on Study: Gaming Revenues To Climb To 70B By 2017.


On June 12, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Interesting. I’ve suspected that Facebook gaming was a ‘bubble’ fad for a few years now, starting to look like that hunch may be correct. Playing Farmville doesn’t make you a gamer any more than playing GTA4 makes you a professional getaway driver.


On June 12, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I wonder what this means for the much vaunted “F2P” “revolution” gaming is supposed to undergo, as it is far better in attracting the “casuals” who will be the lifeblood of every MMO.

But I honestly can’t see PC’s surpassing consoles, hillarious as that would be. I wish it would though. I’m tired of games being dumbed down because they have to rely on multi-platform releases, which mean you have to dumb it down so the consoles can handle it.