According to recent information compiled by DFC intelligence, PC games revenue has now overtaken the revenue of all the games consoles combined.
Just a few years ago the console gaming market was easily dominating the PC sector, but the the rise of the MOBA and the viewing of consoles as a luxury rather than a necessity, has seen PC gaming revenue steamroll ahead…
“On a global basis PC games have surpassed console games,” saud DFC Intelligence head honcho David Cole. “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.”
Of course so much of the success can be attributed to the surge in popularity of MOBAs and F2P games, which over the past 5 years or so have become an industry in themselves. A staggering 70 million people have registered to play League of Legends, which nearly 35 million playing every day. “The MOBA games League of Legends and Dota 2 dominate everything else by an order of magnitude in terms of more usage than other products,” Cole said.
It does look as if the tide may finally be turning though, with Cole admitting that “In the first part of 2014 we saw some signs that may change with the introduction of new titles and some increased play of games outside the MOBA category. We can say that our top 20 list for 2013 had no titles released that year and in Q1 2014 we saw three new titles crack the list: DayZ, Rust and Hearthstone."
Great news for gaming then, and PC gaming in particular, which has been going from strength to strength over the past few years.
Does it surprise you that the PC gaming revenue outweighs total console gaming revenue combined?
How much of this success do you think lies solely at the feet of the MOBAs?