PC gaming grows 20 per cent in 2010

Platform still buoyant and growing

PC Gaming still alive and doing science

The PC Gaming Alliance have released figures suggesting that PC gaming is on the up – with a 20 per cent growth in revenue in 2010 to $16.2 billion (£9.93bn).

The death knell has been sounded for the PC as a gaming platform with depressing regularity, despite the massive revenue generated not only by headline first person shooters and real time strategy games but also the mighty MMOs.

Although it has a vested interest in pushing the PC gaming agenda the PCGA suggests in its annual Horizon report – put together in conjunction with DFC Intelligence – that revenue is climbing.

China shop

The burgeoning Chinese market generated $4.8 billion (£2.94 bn) alone last year, and games sales in other key markets – including the UK, along with US, Japan, Korea and Germany – grew 19 per cent to $7.3 billion ($4.5 bn).

Digital distribution is pegged as a key reason for the growth – with more profit going direct to the games makers – and the report suggests that current PC gaming distribution giant Steam is likely to face some major competition going forward.

The report suggests that the PC market could reach $23 billion by 2014 – which suggest there is still life in the ol' PC gaming dog yet.

Via IGN and PCGamer