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PCGA on PC Market

We have a sign of life from the PC Gaming Alliance, where they announce the release of a pair of reports they commissioned on the state of the PC gaming marketplace they are tasked with supporting, which may reflect on the objectivity of their findings. The reports are for their industry members, but GamePolitics has a summary:

  • The global PC gaming software market continues to show strong growth in 2012, reaching a record US$20 billion - overall growth of 8 percent over 2011 and 90 percent growth since the PCGA’s first report in 2008.
  • China continues to be the largest and fastest growing market for PC games with record 2012 revenue of US$6.8 billion, a growth of percent. Mature game markets in Korea, Japan, U.S., U.K. and Germany all showed growth in 2012. Together these markets also increased revenue by percent in 2012, to $8.4 billion.
  • There are over 1 billion PC gamers worldwide and that number is continuing to grow as more PCs are connected online. Over 250 million of those gamers play what are defined as "core games."
  • The growth of mobile is helping the PC game business. The combination of mobile and PC as platforms is helping drive the growth of small self-funded teams that can develop more targeted products on a modest budget.
  • The PC game business will continue to grow at a pace of 6 percent CAGR to $25.7 billion by 2016. This growth is driven by growing access to broadband connections and the increasing ease of digital distribution delivery solutions and payment methods on a global basis.

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9. Re: PCGA on PC Market Mar 28, 2013, 19:55 MajorD
 

...blah, blah, blah......and then the next generation of consoles will come out and the whole cycle will start again.

 
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8. Re: PCGA on PC Market Mar 28, 2013, 19:12 NegaDeath
 
Their list of "members" is pathetic, mostly hardware manufacturers.

"If we release a statement once in a blue moon people will think we're relevant!"

They remind me of the constant calls I get at work for our company to be added to "free" business listings. Useless at best, a scam at worst.
 
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7. Re: PCGA on PC Market Mar 28, 2013, 16:47 Flak
 
Meanwhile at Valve HQ...

Cha-ching...cha-ching...cha-ching...

*proceeds to swim in Olympic-sized pool filled with $100 bills*
 
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6. Re: PCGA on PC Market Mar 28, 2013, 12:26 Jerykk
 
Why does the PCGA still exist..? It's completely and utterly worthless.  
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5. Re: PCGA on PC Market Mar 28, 2013, 12:12 Creston
 
Holy shit, that's a lot of work you did there, fellas! Take it easy for the next three years or so, we wouldn't want you to get overburdened after all.

Creston
 
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4. Re: PCGA on PC Market Mar 28, 2013, 11:36 Beamer
 
"The growth of mobile is helping the PC game business. The combination of mobile and PC as platforms is helping drive the growth of small self-funded teams that can develop more targeted products on a modest budget."

This is kind of huge. The last part. I'm not sure how the first part necessarily works.

But yeah, a team of 5 people wants to make FTL? Great, release it anywhere (tablets, please.) Except consoles. Sorry, you need to pay upfront costs to get onto consoles.

Which makes some sense. Microsoft really wants to make sure your game doesn't screw anything up, and that kind of QA is time consuming. It takes money. It's better to have fewer quality games than more games that could be technological risks. Plus, it's already too damn hard to find games on that system - it isn't well designed for what's already there.

But it's also a huge disadvantage to not have games like, say, FTL.
 
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3. Re: PCGA on PC Market Mar 28, 2013, 11:21 Cutter
 
Here that you console dickbags? This is where the real money is gangsta!
 
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2. Re: PCGA on PC Market Mar 28, 2013, 09:05 Verno
 
These people exist, really!  
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1. Re: PCGA on PC Market Mar 28, 2013, 09:02 InBlack
 
Wow, positive PC propaganda from these guys? Shit and I thought pigs couldnt fly... Stunned  
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