PC gaming makes more money than consoles

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PC gamers have been hearing about the death of Pc gaming for years. They’re also told, whenever there’s a shoddy port of a game on PC, or when a PC release is nixed that they’re a bunch of pirates and the real money’s on consoles. Only that may be a load of codswallop.

According to analysts at DFC Intelligence, PC gaming now earns more revenue than all of the consoles combined.

“On a global basis PC games have surpassed console games,” DFC Intelligence boss David Cole told PCR-Online in an interview.

“Among core gamers there is a heavy overlap with most console gamers also playing on a PC. The big difference is that consoles are now the luxury item and PCs are the necessity. Just a few years ago the reverse was true. This means PCs have the broader audience."

Of course, this is a bit of a skewed statistic; a bit of a logical fallacy. The revenue isn’t generated by the AAA games space that consoles largely occupy. Mostly, the revenue in PC games comes from MOBAs and free-to-play titles.

"The MOBA games League of Legends and Dota 2 dominate everything else by an order of magnitude in terms of more usage than other products," added Cole. "In the first part of 2014 we saw some signs that may change with the introduction of new titles and some increased play of games outside the MOBA category.

"But MOBA is dominant. Beyond that it is a nice mix of MMO, strategy and first person shooter.

"We can say that our top 20 list for 2013 had no titles released that year and in Q1 2014 we saw three new titles crack the list: DayZ, Rust and Hearthstone.

Cole does, however, concede that the new consoles could change things. For one, they embrace free to play games, which the old ones didn’t.

Last Updated: April 29, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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