800px Linares Party 2005 PC gaming market growing despite console and tablet competition

The PC Gaming Alliance (PCGA) has released two reports that highlight growth in the PC gaming market, despite tough competition from consoles, tablet computers, and smartphones.

The PC Gaming Alliance (PCGA) has released two reports that highlight growth in the PC gaming market, despite tough competition from consoles, tablet computers, and smartphones.

 
The reports, exclusive to PCGA members, cover the period of 2012 to 2016, examining overall PC gaming growth and which specific markets and sales venues are expected to be the most profitable.
 
Analyst David Cole cited the Chinese market as a big factor in the strong growth of PC gaming in 2012, which was up eight percent on the year before. China accounted for $6.8 billion of the $20 billion revenue brought in globally in this sector.
 
800px Linares Party 2005 PC gaming market growing despite console and tablet competition
 
While tablet computers and smartphones have stolen the limelight in recent years, luring away some gamers, Cole said that there are over one billion PC gamers throughout the world, and he expects that number to grow as more PCs connect online.
 
“We are experiencing a shift in the gaming industry,” said Erik Noreke, executive director of the PCGA. “The power of the latest portable PC hardware is allowing gamers for the first time to bring the full gaming experience with them on the road. They are no longer confined to their home for game play. The traditional desktop is no longer the gaming platform of choice as we are seeing more and more laptops with powerful GPUs and high end audio systems. PC gaming is going mobile.”
 
The PCGA is also working on a certification program, which it is hoping will help eliminate consumer confusion when it comes to system requirements. This is particularly important now that more games and expansions are going digital, with retail boxes disappearing off the shelves.
 
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