Latin American Market May be Key to Microsoft Xbox Success

Latin American Market May be Key to Microsoft Xbox Success

Latin America is a video game loving region that is home to over 660 million people.  Many observers assume the market is dominated by mobile games.  However, there is a vibrant core gamer segment in Latin America that is very interested in the latest console and PC games. The latest DFC Intelligence forecasts estimate that core console and PC games in Latin America are expected to grow fro.....
Why 3 Billion Video Game Players is a Meaningless Number

Why 3 Billion Video Game Players is a Meaningless Number

DFC Intelligence has often discussed how video games have become a truly global phenomenon with over three billion worldwide video game consumers.  Unfortunately, this is a fairly meaningless number that is used to justify unrealistic investments.  In most cases, the addressable market for a specific product or company is in the tens of millions or less. The top line number for DFC’s Video Game Con.....
Does Netflix Have a Winning Strategy for Video Games?

Does Netflix Have a Winning Strategy for Video Games?

Last week Netflix announced its intention to enter the video game market. The general reaction was best described as “here comes another clueless media company looking to throw money away chasing games.” However, there are signs Netflix may be pursuing a more strategic approach to the game space that is worth watching. Large media companies going after the video game market tend to look at what is successful and try and copy that success. The problem with video games is tha.....
Console Game Sales Forecasted to Set Record Even With Shortages

Console Game Sales Forecasted to Set Record Even With Shortages

The latest console forecasts for DFC Intelligence have been lowered to take into account shortages that are expected to last throughout the year. The good news is demand remains at record levels and video game sales continue to soar. However, the shortage could hurt the long-term future of the PlayStation 5. At the 2020 launch of the new systems consumers were leaning heavily towards the PlayStation 5 over the Xbox Series X/S. With the hardware shortage, Microsoft now has breathing spa.....
E3 2021 Highlights Shift in Industry Strategy

E3 2021 Highlights Shift in Industry Strategy

Virtual E3 came and went without any major announcements.  However, the lack of news was itself newsworthy.  The E3 show highlighted how the console manufacturers have vastly different strategies going forward. The E3 show has always been primarily about the major console systems from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo.  In recent years, Sony has dropped out of E3 while Nintendo focuses primarily on its Nintendo Direct event.  So the real hope was that E3 week would spur.....
Video Game Sales To Set Record in 2021

Video Game Sales To Set Record in 2021

The COVID-19 stay-at-home orders helped drive video game sales to record levels in 2020. However, even as the world starts to return to normal the video game market remains on fire. Sales in 2021 are expected to surpass 2020 as DFC Intelligence forecasts the core video game software market will grow by 10%. DFC divides video games into three major segments: PC, console and mobile. In the past year the console and PC segments have seen the most exciting growth. In 2020 PC and console ga.....
Western Game Companies Lead Record Growth In PC Games

Western Game Companies Lead Record Growth In PC Games

After several years of flat to stagnant growth the PC game market grew 19% in 2020 to reach $36 billion. While much of this growth was because of increased usage due to stay-at-home orders, there are encouraging long-term signs for PC games. The most notable trend in PC games is that Western publishers are now among the biggest players in terms of revenue. For many years, China and Asia in general have been the dominant players in the PC game space. Market growth slowed as much of the .....
Can PlayStation 5 Outperform Nintendo Switch in 2021?

Can PlayStation 5 Outperform Nintendo Switch in 2021?

The Nintendo Switch set records in 2020.   Despite being in tight supply, the Switch sold more hardware units than any game system during a single year.  In 2021 the main question is will the Switch once again be the best-selling system for the year or can the PlayStation 5 challenge its reign? The latest DFC Intelligence console video game forecasts predict a close race between the Pla.....