Gartner Says PC Will "Cease to be Important Game Platform"
Research firm Gartner has a dim view of the PC gaming market.
By the end of this year, the global games industry is expected to top $93 billion in revenue according to the Gartner research firm – a new record. It's a truly staggering figure and it dwarfs Hollywood's $10.8 billion in box office revenues and $32 billion from television royalty fees. The firm also predicts growth by $8 billion in 2014 and almost $10 billion to $111 billion in 2015. Predicted sales of mobile games are also expected to jump from $9.3 billion in 2012 to $22 billion in 2015.
Dedicated handheld devices are projected to decline by almost 33 percent over the next two years, and along with it PC games will "play a smaller role in the game market and cease to be important game platforms."
With the growing influence of Steam and Good Old Games, it's hard to imagine consoles growing that much faster than PCs, but only time will tell.