Shame on John for not reporting this news. Blasphemy. How could this be? Traitor. Traitor I say. But anyway, back on topic (you read that? Traitor). DFC Intelligence owner David Cole told PCR that PC games are more profitable than console games. Yeap, PC is not dead, is a major player, and is not going anywhere (okay, we all knew that but it’s cool to use that sentence).
As David Cole told PCR:
“On a global basis PC games have surpassed console games but the new console systems means consoles should show an increase.
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.”
In other words, the PC platform is profitable, something that is evident from all the latest indie titles we’ve been getting. Oh, and from the fact that a lot of companies like Konami, Tecmo and Namco are releasing their games on the PC too.
As you’d expect, the most profitable PC genres are MOBAs, MMOs, strategy games, first person shooters 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. 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.”
All in all, the PC is a healthy platform and is doing great. Yes yes, we may not have games like The Last Of Us or Uncharted, but we have StarCraft 2, DayZ, ArmA 3, The Banner Saga, World of Tanks, and one hell of indie titles that cover almost all genres. Oh, and 2014 will be a great year with games like Wasteland 2, Pillars Of Eternity, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, Divinity – Original Sin, Tesla Effect, Elite: Dangerous, Routine and The Forest.
Enjoy and kudos to Umair Khan for spotting it!