FAQS about DFC Intelligence
How long have you been covering the video game and interactive entertainment industry?
DFC Intelligence began covering the industry in 1993 and published our first report in 1995.
What type of information do you provide?
DFC Intelligence specializes in market research and strategic analysis of issues in the worldwide PC game, video game, online game and multimedia industries. Our reports include historical analysis and trends, 5-year scenario-based forecasting, company profiles, insights, opinions and detailed sector analysis.
Where do you get your information?
Over the past ten years, DFC Intelligence has built a proprietary database of market information, both public and private. We have also worked closely providing reports for primary research providers such as the NPD Group. On a regular basis we interview industry executives and attend private briefings. Our analysis is based on solid industry sales figures, coupled with our insights based on years of experience tracking every major aspect of the interactive entertainment industry.
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I am confused, which report(s) should I order?
The most cost effective way to buy DFC Intelligence research is an annual subscription package. This allows you to get all existing reports PLUS all new reports for up to a year at a significant discount off the individual report price. In addition, in 2006 we started releasing Excel spreadsheets for the forecasts in our reports. These spreadsheets are available only to our research service subscribers. For more info on research packages go here.
Our individual reports can be broken down as follows:
Worldwide Market Forecasts for the Video Game and Interactive Entertainment
Industry: This report is very
number-centric and contains detailed five year industry forecasts broken down by
individual platform (PS2, Xbox, GameCube, portable systems, PC games, PS3, Xbox
Revolution, etc) and region (North America, Europe and Japan). Because of
market uncertainty our forecasts are done in multiple scenarios so that we can
make separate forecasts for different assumptions. For example we do a set of
forecasts assuming all the new systems are released at the same time, and a
separate set of forecasts for assuming one system is launched before another.
The Online Game Market: This report is a detailed look at issues in online games. It contains about 150 pages of detailed scenario-based forecasting broken down by region (Asia, North America, Japan, Europe), user hours, type of consumer and business model (subscription, advertising, digital distribution etc), game genre (MMOG, FPS, casual, etc). This is supplemented by over 250 pages of analysis and case studies.
Market Leaders in the Video Game and Interactive Entertainment Industry: This report consists of individual profiles of leading game publishers. Each company profile is 15-40 pages long and contains historical background, financial info, product line overview and a detailed analysis of the company’s strategy, strengths and weaknesses. The report also contains a 100-page overview comparing the performance of software publishers based on different criteria.
The Game Market in China: As its name suggests, this report is a very detailed look at the fast growing and dynamic Chinese game industry. Includes five-year forecasts, market entry strategies and complete analysis and case studies of how the business models in China differ from the rest of the world.
Overview of the Video Game and Interactive Entertainment Industry This is a 78-page report plus a PowerPoint presentation that summarizes some key highlights and forecasts from our more comprehensive report in a format custom designed to be used in business presentations.
We also have released or have plans to release detailed reports on such topics as licenses in games, the state of game technology, wireless gaming, massively multiplayer games, analysis of individual countries, executive interviews and other topics. Sign up for our free monthly newsletter to keep up to date on new report releases.
What makes DFC Intelligence research different?
DFC has focused exclusively on the video game and interactive entertainment market for over ten years. We feel our reports cover the topic in greater detail then any other publicly available research. Not only have we built a massive database of industry information, but we have built a sophisticated forecasting model. Our forecasting model is based on historical analysis of software to hardware tie rates and how they vary by type of consumer. For example, we know that a consumer buying a system like the PlayStation 2 in 2000 or 2001 will have very different usage patterns then a consumer buying a PlayStation 2 in 2004. This type of knowledge allows us to do detail scenario-based forecasting. Because of the uncertainties associated with a consumer entertainment product like games, our forecasts are done in multiple scenarios to provide a best case, worst case and most likely case scenario for individual platforms and markets. This allows users to adjust forecasts as events in the market warrant.
But, DFC Intelligence research is much more then just numbers and forecasts. We look closely at the products, analyze the strategies of the market players and we are not afraid to state our opinions. For example, our report The Business of Computer and Video Games takes a look at such issues as industry consolidation, rising development costs, game genre trends, growing consumer demand, types of publishing deals, retail shelf space, marketing campaigns and much more.
How do I order a report or research package?
To order either a research package or individual report go here. The best method is to fill out the online form and submit it via our website. The order can also be faxed to 858-780-9671. However, we suggest that anyone faxing an order also call us at 858-780-9680 to make sure it was received.
How soon will I get my report?
Please note that because of the size of the order involved the reports are not delivered immediately. Generally we can get the report out within 24 to 48 hours. Please be aware that international orders can take longer to process. To speed up processing it is best to notify the bank issuing your credit card that you have made this order. DFC Intelligence is aware that many users need our reports “yesterday.” We suggest that if you need a report immediately you call us at 858-780-9680 AND submit the online web form. We will do our best to get the report to you as soon as possible, sometimes within the hour. However, we can not guarantee this turnaround.