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54 Million Enthusiast and Performance PC Gamers Globally

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PC gaming isn't dead.

With all the buzz that tablets are taking over the gaming world as well as new game consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony appearing on the horizon, you'd almost (almost) be forgiven for thinking PC gaming was dead. However, today brings news that there are still 54 million gamers that market research firm Jon Peddie Research categorizes as performance and enthusiast class gamers. Additionally, the firm says PC gaming will drive hardware sales of $23.6 billion this year and about $32 billion by 2015. Much of that growth is predicted to happen due to a "winding down recession."

JPR was rather stingy with additional data and tells us that the complete data set is available for $15,000, or in three, $7,500 bite-sized portions for enthusiast, performance, and mainstream markets covering 33 countries.

"We are witnessing the market morph and grow into different areas," said JPR analyst Ted Pollak. "This has always been a strong point of PC gaming; the ability to adapt to different entertainment environments and requirements. The hobbyist aspect of the DIY market is driving billions in component sales and small form factor rigs are being hooked up to HDTVs, essentially being used as super consoles."

JPR predicts especially strong growth in BRIC countries - Brazil, Russia, India and China - where gaming hardware revenue is expected to climb from $4.7 billion in 2012 to $7.7 billion in 2015.

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    hellfire24 , May 4, 2012 6:20 PM
    i am proud to be a pc gamer!
  • 22 Hide
    Devoteicon , May 4, 2012 6:28 PM
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    With all the buzz that tablets are taking over the gaming world...


    I lol'd.
  • 21 Hide
    sublime2k , May 4, 2012 6:41 PM
    "With all the buzz that tablets are taking over the gaming world"
    I nearly fell off my chair.
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  • 10 Hide
    mobrocket , May 4, 2012 6:07 PM
    anyone know how JPR gets their data?
  • 15 Hide
    ltdementhial , May 4, 2012 6:15 PM
    Now ask steam.
  • 32 Hide
    hellfire24 , May 4, 2012 6:20 PM
    i am proud to be a pc gamer!
  • 20 Hide
    igot1forya , May 4, 2012 6:20 PM
    mobrocketanyone know how JPR gets their data?

    They Google'd it, of course! :) 
  • 3 Hide
    Ryuzaki_L , May 4, 2012 6:23 PM
    mobrocketanyone know how JPR gets their data?


    I would guess from websites that collect data about a visitors hardware/software. maybe?
  • 22 Hide
    Devoteicon , May 4, 2012 6:28 PM
    Quote:
    With all the buzz that tablets are taking over the gaming world...


    I lol'd.
  • 9 Hide
    JOSHSKORN , May 4, 2012 6:37 PM
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    PC gaming isn't dead.

    Duh. ;) 

    I'll reiterate what someone else just said:

    ltdementhialNow ask steam.


    and Xfire.
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    alidan , May 4, 2012 6:39 PM
    if they get data from hardware sold, well... people get gpus on the cheap instead of pro versions for work.
  • 21 Hide
    sublime2k , May 4, 2012 6:41 PM
    "With all the buzz that tablets are taking over the gaming world"
    I nearly fell off my chair.
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    zakaron , May 4, 2012 6:46 PM
    What I find interesting is the fact that the article from the other day about Intel killing off the discrete video market stated that only 5% would purchase such card and that 95% are fine with integrated graphics ( http://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-ivy-bridge-cpu-gpu-nvidia,15484.html ).

    If that's the case then let's take the 54 million of us from this study and run some math. If that other article was right about 5% then there are a total of 1.08 billion computer consumers in the world. At a population just over 7 billion, that's almost 1 in 7 people on earth that owns a computer. Now at only 5%, that's .35% of a person that will purchase a discrete card. Now you say what about those who purchase discrete cards for other purposes than gaming. That's still going to be less than 1 person...

    So, how's it feel to be less than a person? Makes me feel great! No wonder I hated statistics in college...
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    Anonymous , May 4, 2012 6:46 PM
    We brazilians would buy more and piracy less if our damned government stopped applying 60% (federal imports taxes) + 18% (ICMS tax a.k.a Commercialization tax) over every game we imported...

    Damn those governments to Oblivion, they fuck our lives, steal our money and still dictate laws >_>
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    EzioAs , May 4, 2012 6:47 PM
    I'm glad this news came out. Most people expect pc gaming (desktops especially) to be dead but now I have something to back me up when people say that.

    Thumbs up PC gaming!
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    upgrade_1977 , May 4, 2012 6:56 PM
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    Additionally, the firm says PC gaming will drive hardware sales of $23.6 billion this year and about $32 billion by 2015


    And thats why companies should all support PC gaming, and stop treating PC gamers like we are all black sheep or something.
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    DroKing , May 4, 2012 7:00 PM
    Yeah I knew we weren't such a small number! These publishers just wanna deny it!
  • 13 Hide
    drwho1 , May 4, 2012 7:01 PM
    Now tell the SSD makers this numbers.

    If they drop the prices, then a lot of this "numbers" would buy their SSD's.

  • 10 Hide
    Prey , May 4, 2012 7:09 PM
    PreyPffsh! Yeah, like there is a market for PC gaming

    Sarcasm you muppets
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    Northwestern , May 4, 2012 7:10 PM
    Whoever stated that PC Gaming is dead needs a slap in the face.

    PC Gaming is nowhere near dead. It only takes one person to keep it alive.
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