Despite Sega's roots, the former console maker is currently defending PC gaming, claiming that there's big money to be made in that particular arena.
Although the physical retail sales of PC games continue to slide in 2010, Sega’s UK MD John Clark told MCVUK that those particular sales numbers aren't indicative of the actual PC gaming market. Indeed, the company is enjoying its fair share of revenue on the digital front.
"The PC market is third in terms of its year-on-year performance with a decline of 26 per cent, but this doesn’t really reflect the full picture," Clark said in an interview. "The PC digital download business is now a viable sector but somewhat invisible as it’s not yet covered by (UK's) Chart-Track. The PC market overall is actually performing much better than is currently reported, and remains a vital and strong sector to be involved in."
Surprisingly, Sega is becoming a dominant factor in the PC gaming market, taking its 12.8-percent share in corporate 2009 thanks to the three-pronged attack of Aliens vs. Predator, Napoleon: Total War, and the continued sales of Football Manager 2010. As Clark pointed out, all three games have different styles of gameplay yanked from three different genres: FPS, strategy, and sim.
"They can all drive a strong, community fan base with the ability to consistently deliver endless hours of gameplay," he said. "For 2009, Sega was ranked the second biggest PC publisher in the market. In 2010 year-to-date, we are once again ranked second. Long may it continue."
What i really want to know is how Badcompany 2 PC version did vs consoles
Unless Consoles get large HDDs, there won't be enough DLC for *all* the games one could have and thanks to propietary hardware (x-box 360) the price won't make it worthy/attractive on the long run.
The left hand side shows the stats of all 3 platforms and how many players/servers/and players online atm for the game. Nearly a million players on PC, while only 365k for ps3, and 280k for x360.
Someone on that leaderboard has clocked over 363 hours!
Thats a minimum average of 11.3 hours per day since the release date!
That said I hate how certain companies claim that the pc market is healthy but _never_ have any actual numbers to back it up with. I know FM2010 has sold relatively well, but how about AvP? More than 300k (on pc)? I doubt it even though I bought it on getgamesgo.com.