Intel has been trumpeting the success of desktop gaming at its recent Intel Developer Forum event, taking to the stage to claim that not along is traditional PC gaming flourishing, but it estimates there are a staggering 711 million PC gamers in the world today.

Senior VP at Intel Kirk Skaugen took to the stage to make the revelations that fly in the face of figures that traditional PC sales are down, claiming "There are 711 million PC gamers in the world today, that's one in ten people on the planet.

Intel's Senior VP Kirk Skaugen at the Intel Developer Forum.

It’s a bold claim but Skaugen insisted that “desktop is alive and well. It's innovating, whether it's small form factors, all-in-ones, portable all-in-ones or extreme gaming.” During his presentation on the bright future of PC gaming, Skaugen talked about the upcoming Broadwell processors set to hopefully arrive in late 2014. Intel’s first products to fabbed using the 14nm process, they’re set to be the biggest CPU leap in some time. “Simply put,” he said, “this 14nm technology is the most advanced silicon manufacturing technology in the world.

The Broadwell successor Skylake also got a run out at Intel’s event. Pencilled in for a second half of 2015 release, Skylake is once more built on the 14nm process but brings with it a significant increase in performance, battery life, and power efficiency. "It is on track for high performance desktops, notebooks and fanless 2-in-1s, with production in the second half of 2015, and the launch at the end of 2015," said Skaugen. He added that the second generation of Skylake chips could be made on a 10nm process. Impressed by Intel’s claims there are more than 700 million PC gamers? Do you think PC gaming is going from strength to strength? Let us know!