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Global PC Game Software Market

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DFC Intelligence’s PC Gaming Market Report analyzes and quantifies the global market for PC game software .  This report is part of the ongoing DFC Intelligence Global Video Gaming research program that provides comprehensive coverage of global video game revenues, trends and forecasts.  Issued annually, the PC Gaming Market Report report delivers analysis and forecasts of the market that companies rely upon for actionable intelligence and guidance that supports sound decision making.

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DFC Intelligence’s PC Gaming Market Report analyzes and quantifies the global market for PC game software .  This report is part of the ongoing DFC Intelligence Global Video Gaming research program that provides comprehensive coverage of global video game revenues, trends and forecasts.  Issued annually, the PC Gaming Market Report report delivers analysis and forecasts of the market that companies rely upon for actionable intelligence and guidance that supports sound decision making.

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Purchasers of the report will receive DFC’s most current forecasting and analysis.  The data is updated quarterly to reflect current market conditions and thinking.  There is the option to purchase the report as a stand alone product or to receive the report along with subsequent updates for a nominal upgrade cost.  See data sheet for details.

Our goal is to provide data and analysis that best suits the needs or individual client firms.

Key Coverage Points:

Key Trends in PC Games

  • Emergence of Asia, MENA, Latin America and other regional markets
  • Subscription-Based Games
  • Social, Casual and Browser Games
  • Virtual Reality
  • High-End PC Game Hardware and Accessories
  • PC Game Distribution
  • Indie Game Development
  • eSports

PC Game Business Models

  • Pay-to-Play PC Game Business Models
  • Games As A Service
  • Free-to-Play Games
  • PC Game Subscription Services
  • Low-End PC games-as-a-service (Browser, social network)
  • High-End PC Games as a Service (Battle Royale, MOBA, FPS)

PC Game Genres

Key Game Genre Classification
Forecasts by Game Genre

PC Game Software Market Size and Forecasts

Software Market Overview

Forecasts broken down by region:

  • North America
  • Western Europe
  • Eastern Europe
  • Japan
  • China
  • Korea
  • Rest of Asia
  • Rest of World

Company Profiles

Revenues, profile and SWOT analysis for Top 20 companies in PC game space

 

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I. Executive Summary 10

How to Use This Report 10
Overview 11
Top Trends in PC Games 13

  • The PC as a Steady Game Platform 13
  • The PC is about Core Gamers 17
  • Western PC Game Market Takes Off 20
  • Games as a Service 20
  • Indie Development 21
  • New Distribution Channels and Cloud Gaming 22
  • Could Games and Streaming Create a New Business Model?: The Metaverse and MILEs 23
  • The Growth of eSports and Spectator Games 24
  • New Technology: VR & More Powerful GPUs 26

Methodology and Terminology 27
Types of Data Used 27
Terminology 28

II. History of PC Games 31

III. PC Game Business Models 64

Overview 64
Pay-to-Play PC Game Business Models 67
Premium PC Games: Pay-to-Play 67
Steam, Indie Development & Online Distribution Pay-to-Play 70
Games-as-a-Service 74

  • Freemium/Free-to-Play (F2P) Games 75
  • NFT (Non-Fungible Token) 77
  • PC Game Subscription Models 78
  • Low-End PC Games-as-a-Service: Browser & Social Network Games 82
  • High-End PC Games-as-a-Service: MMO, FPS, MOBA and Battle Royale 86

IV. PC Game Genres 89

V. Worldwide PC Game Software Market 102

  • Overall 102
  • North America 108
  • Western Europe 110
  • Eastern Europe and Russia 112
  • MENA 114
  • Asia 116
  • Latin America 118

VI. PC Game Forecasts 120

  • Overall Forecasts 120
  • North America 123
  • Western Europe 124
  • Eastern Europe and Russia 125
  • MENA 126
  • Asia 127
  • Latin America 128

VII. Top PC Game Companies 129

  • Activision Blizzard 130
  • Big Fish Games/Churchill Downs/Aristocrat Leisure 137
  • Bigpoint 140
  • Bungie 142
  • CD Projekt 144
  • Electronic Arts 147
  • Embracer Group 153
  • Enad Global 7 156
  • Epic Games 158
  • Gameforge 161
  • Goodgame Studios 163
  • Media and Games Invest (MGI)/KingIsle/Gamigo Group/Wild Tangent 165
  • Microsoft 167
  • National Geographic Animal Jam 170
  • NCSoft 171
  • NetEase 173
  • Nexon 175
  • Paradox Interactive 178
  • Roblox 181
  • Tencent 184
  • Riot Games 186
  • Valve 187
  • Steam 189
  • Wargaming.net 191

Index of Tables

  • Table 1 Core and Moderate PC Gamers by Region. 19
  • Table 2 Biggest Esports Game Publishers. 25
  • Table 3 The Global Game Industry by Market Segment 66
  • Table 4 Examples of PC Online Game Subscription Services Circa 2005. 79
  • Table 5 Major PC Game Subscription Services 2021. 81
  • Table 6 PC Game Genres. 91
  • Table 7 DFC Intelligence Alternative Game Classification. 93
  • Table 8 Important Cross-Genre Products. 94
  • Table 9 Worldwide PC Game Revenue by Genre: 2012-2015. 98
  • Table 10 Top 10 Western PC Games 2020 to Q1 2021. 99
  • Table 11 Top PC Games in Asia. 100
  • Table 12 Notable Indie PC Games. 100
  • Table 13 Worldwide PC Game Software Revenue by Region: 2008-2020. 102
  • Table 14 Worldwide PC Game Software Games As a Service Revenue: 2008-2020. 104
  • Table 15 Worldwide PC Game Pay-to-Play Revenue: 2008-2020. 106
  • Table 16 North American PC Game Software Revenue by Type: 2008-2020. 108
  • Table 17 Western Europe PC Game Software Revenue by Type: 2008-2020. 110
  • Table 18 Eastern Europe and Russia PC Game Software Revenue by Type: 2008-2020  112
  • Table 19 MENA PC Game Software Revenue by Type: 2008-2020. 114
  • Table 20 Asia PC Game Software Revenue by Type: 2008-2020. 116
  • Table 21 Latin America PC Game Software Revenue by Type: 2008-2020. 118
  • Table 22 Worldwide PC Game Software Revenue by Region: 2021-2025. 120
  • Table 23 Worldwide PC Game Software Games As a Service Revenue: 2021-2025. 121
  • Table 24 Worldwide PC Game Pay-to-Play Revenue: 2021-2025. 122
  • Table 25 North American PC Game Software Revenue by Type: 2021-2025. 123
  • Table 26 Western Europe PC Game Software Revenue by Type: 2021-2025. 124
  • Table 27 Eastern Europe and RussiaPC Game Software Revenue by Type: 2021-2025  125
  • Table 28 MENA PC Game Software Revenue by Type: 2021-2025. 126
  • Table 29 Asia PC Game Software Revenue by Type: 2021-2025. 127
  • Table 30 Latin America PC Game Software Revenue by Type: 2021-2025. 128
  • Table 31 Top 10 PC Game Publishers 2020. 129
  • Table 32 Activision Blizzard Key Facts. 130
  • Table 33 Blizzard Key Facts. 132
  • Table 34 Big Fish Games Key Facts. 137
  • Table 35 Bigpoint Key Facts. 140
  • Table 36 CD Projekt Key Facts. 144
  • Table 37 Electronic Arts Key Facts. 147
  • Table 38 Embracer Group Key Facts. 153
  • Table 39 Enad Global 7 Key Facts. 156
  • Table 40 Epic Games Key Facts. 158
  • Table 41 Gameforge Key Facts. 161
  • Table 42 Goodgame Studios Key Facts. 163
  • Table 43 MGI Key Facts. 165
  • Table 44 Microsoft Game Key Facts. 167
  • Table 45 NCSoft Key Facts. 171
  • Table 46 NetEase Key Facts. 173
  • Table 47 Nexon Key Facts. 175
  • Table 48 Paradox Interactive Key Facts. 178
  • Table 49 Roblox Key Facts. 181
  • Table 50 Tencent Key Facts. 184
  • Table 51 Valve Key Facts. 187
  • Table 52 Wargaming Key Facts. 191

Index of Figures

  • Figure 1 Worldwide 2020 PC Games Pay-to-Play Premium Revenue. 68
  • Figure 2 Worldwide 2020 PC Games Pay-to-Play Premium Users. 69
  • Figure 3 Worldwide 2020 PC Games Pay-to-Play Low-End Revenue. 72
  • Figure 4 Worldwide 2020 PC Games Pay-to-Play Low-End Users. 73
  • Figure 5 Worldwide 2020 PC Games as a Service Low-End Revenue. 84
  • Figure 6 Worldwide 2020 PC Games as a Service Low-End Users. 85
  • Figure 7 Worldwide 2020 PC Games as a Service Premium Revenue. 87
  • Figure 8 Worldwide 2020 PC Games as a Service Premium Users. 88
  • Figure 9 Worldwide PC Game Revenue by Region: 2008-2020. 103
  • Figure 10 Worldwide PC Game Revenue by Region 2020. 103
  • Figure 11 Worldwide PC Games as a Service Revenue by Region 2008-2020. 105
  • Figure 13 Worldwide PC Games as a Service Revenue by Region 2020. 105
  • Figure 15 Worldwide PC Games as a Service Revenue by Region 2008-2020. 107
  • Figure 16 Worldwide PC Games Pay to Play Revenue by Region 2020. 107
  • Figure 17 North America PC Game Revenue by Type 2008-2020. 109
  • Figure 18 North America PC Game Revenue by Type 2020. 109
  • Figure 19 West Europe PC Game Revenue by Type 2008-2020. 111
  • Figure 20  West Europe PC Game Revenue by Type 2020. 111
  • Figure 21 East Europe PC Game Revenue by Type 2008-2020. 113
  • Figure 22 East Europe PC Game Revenue by Type 2020. 113
  • Figure 23 MENA PC Game Revenue by Type 2008-2020. 115
  • Figure 24 MENA PC Game Revenue by Type 2020. 115
  • Figure 25 Asia PC Game Revenue by Type 2008-2020. 117
  • Figure 26 Asia PC Game Revenue by Type 2020. 117
  • Figure 27 Latin America PC Game Revenue by Type 2008-2020. 119
  • Figure 28 Latin America PC Game Revenue by Type 2020. 119
  • Figure 29 Worldwide PC Game Revenue by Region 2021-2025. 120
  • Figure 30 Worldwide PC Games as a Service Revenue by Region 2021-2025. 121
  • Figure 31 Worldwide PC Games Pay to Play Revenue by Region 2021-2025. 122
  • Figure 32 North America PC Game Revenue by Type 2021-2025. 123
  • Figure 33 West Europe PC Game Revenue by Type 2021-2025. 124
  • Figure 34 East Europe PC Game Revenue by Type 2021-2025. 125
  • Figure 35 MENA PC Game Revenue by Type 2021-2025. 126
  • Figure 36 Asia PC Game Revenue by Type 2021-2025. 127
  • Figure 37 Latin America PC Game Revenue by Type 2021-2025. 128