Game sales to hit $70 billion by 2015 - Analyst

DFC Intelligence forecasts 16 percent growth in worldwide revenues of PC, console, online, portable markets over six-year period.

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Despite some depressing sales figures in recent years, analysts have generally remained upbeat about the future of gaming. While those reassurances are usually couched in vague terms, one firm is putting a solid number and a due date on its positive prognostication.

Online games like Champions Online can be more profitable for publishers even if they bring in less money in the short term.

DFC Intelligence this week released a series of reports forecasting the next few years of the interactive entertainment industry, predicting that worldwide gaming revenues will total $70.1 billion in 2015. That's a jump of roughly 16 percent from the $60.4 billion DFC tallied for 2009. Those figures represent the firm's best estimates of the global total of revenues derived from console, PC, portable, and online games, from boxed products and subscription fees to microtransactions.

Compared to gaming's explosive growth up until the economic downturn of 2008, a 16 percent rise is fairly modest for a six-year stretch. However, DFC believes the industry will continue to shrink for the next couple of years, with the bulk of its projected growth to come between 2013 and 2015.

The industry faces a number of challenges to revenue growth in the next few years, according to DFC. Most of the firm's anticipated decline is chalked up to a slowdown in the console market as the current generation of systems age.

Another factor cited is the trend toward online gaming. While subscription fees and microtransactions are more profitable for companies than boxed retail products, DFC notes that they generally provide less in the way of overall revenues in the short term.

Discussion

22 comments
gbrading
gbrading moderator

I think forecasting into the next decade is extremely difficult.

skillz191
skillz191

take that porn, tryin to beat the game industry

Willy-Wilks_777
Willy-Wilks_777

I could do with that amount of money:/ Anyway... Gaming is AWESOME!!! And inaka rob; that was funny XD

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

As much as everyone would love to hate analysts, one will still hope that this turns out to be true. And who knows, maybe this might be possible considering that 2013 - 2015 could most probably be the period we'll see new iterations of the current consoles !!!

blackace
blackace

I have played a MMORPG game since WoW. I have no desire to go back to that. I would have to hit the lottery for me to even consider playing WoW again. I am going to try SW: The Old Republic, but I may only play for a few months. I've come not to believe anything analyst say because they are usually wrong 50% of the time. Their guess would be as good as mine. Console & handheld gaming is like 95% of the gaming market. PC makes up maybe 4-5% and the bulk of PC gaming is outside of the U.S.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

Game sales to hit $70 billion by 2015: $60 billion predicted to come from Call of Duty Duty Map Pack Downloads.

aryeec
aryeec

@ArMnD9 You do know that the idea that armageddon will be in 2012 is not a new idea? It came about in the 70s or 80s when someone finally translated hieroglyphs? The movie was just a ploy to take money from the paranoid.

AceCometh
AceCometh

I just quit online gaming. So long World of Warcraft. Hello Red Dead Redemption! :D

broncean
broncean

It will definitely rise, i don't know if to 70 billion, but most of that will be inflation and not increase in revenues..

johny300
johny300

I hope these predections are true because it means that the gaming industry will evolve so we could have games that satisfies us 360/ps3 owners.(not that i complain from what we have now)

ArMnD9
ArMnD9

@ amre1939 They really fooled you with that one, hahaha Stupidest movie in the world. Worst than Disaster Movie, and i havnt seen either.

amre1939
amre1939

it won't reach, cause the world is gonna end in 2012 XD

DeMoN_SouL_666
DeMoN_SouL_666

Sorry to everyone being positive here, but haven't anyone noticed recently that a lot or previous predictions from analysts turned out to be wrong? what makes this even close to true? one of the key factors that contributes to the growth is the acceptance of the coming technologies, I'm talking about 3D gaming, Cloud-Gaming, increased subscription fees, all the way to issues like paying for demos and rising costs of DLCs, everything is vague at the moment and only time will tell, not analysts!

berto64
berto64

video game sales are getting higher,so it means we as all gamers will see some cool or awesome gamesand cheaper prices over the six years.and by the time the 8th generation video game consoles are released.there are gonna be cheaper,and fun to play

Spitz6860
Spitz6860

16% over 6 years? that's less than 3 % a year, a bit conservative i think? i don't think MS and Sony will wait for 6 years to release their next gen console

mclaren08
mclaren08

Excellent, the more projected money, the more investment is made into gaming.

monson21502
monson21502

70 billion. just saying that gives me chills