PC games make more money than console games, analyst says

According to DFC Intelligence, MOBAs also dominate PC gaming.

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PC games now make more money than console games, according to industry research company DFC Intelligence.

In an interview with UK PC and tech website PCR, DFC Intelligence owner David Cole said that the big difference now is that consoles are a luxury item, while PCs, which can also play games, are a necessity. “Just a few years ago the reverse was true,” he said. “This means PCs have the broader audience."

According to DFC’s recently published quarterly report on PC gaming revenues and usage, MOBA is the most popular genre on the platform. "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," Cole said. "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.”

Cole added that the popularity of free-to-play PC games in Europe helped drive this recent growth, and that we’re more likely to see paid, AAA games for both console and PC come from the US.

Despite this recent change, Cole believes that the new consoles from Sony and Microsoft should increase revenue for console games in the future.

Does this mean free-to-play is going to take over consoles and PC? GameSpot’s editors tackle the question in a recent feature.

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Discussion

534 comments
Shinobi120
Shinobi120

Give me a Small Form Factor Gaming PC in which I can always upgrade my parts, & I'll gladly hop on. :)

Armin_Devil_PS3
Armin_Devil_PS3

Argue about difference between Gaming on PC or Console is pointless cuz some console games never come for pc and some pc games never come for console. I have PC and I really like to play some console games like WWE series or others and maybe a console gamer wishes to play LOL or Dota 2 or WOW on console one day. Anyway with PC u can easily use both original and pirate games and every time a new console comes out u can improve your hardware with half of a console price cuz u simply dont need to improve your monitor or some of your hardware/software that u already have ...

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Here's a few nuggets of reality. If the PC is doing so great, why is it PC gamers have to start a petition to get a game (GTAV) that the consoles already had for months?

Why isn't the PC getting Destiny but the other platforms are?

Why do PC developers have to solicit donations to get games off the ground?

Ever wonder why PC gamers mod old games to death? Because there's nothing good to play!

So forgive me If I call BS on this article.

veryDERPY
veryDERPY

so...about the lost sales due to pirates

sirchick
sirchick

As far as im concerned, as a console owner and a PC owner, the experience is always better on PC. If a game  comes out on PC platform and console ... PC is the default hands down no question, even if its more expensive, its just more enjoyable for me that way.

That way i can alt tab and do other stuff that I desire ten times faster than a console and 100 times more freedom than a console. Why watch TV on a console through your tele when i can link my PC to my tele ... 

I think its because im up close to the game not sitting across the room, I'm more immersed in the games.The mouse and keyboard is often a much quicker and efficient way to play, the mouse is simply faster and more precise than any controller can ever be.

Imagine League of Legends on a controller... using analogue sticks to aim with smart cast on or off it would be bloody slow as hell and crazy cumbersome!

Racing games are an exception to this rule however, but xbox controller works on PC so its fine.


I also think as PC's get cheaper and more affordable more people will go for PC over console because they can do other stuff on the PC besides gaming.


arkadiyk
arkadiyk

I bought watch dogs for pc already on sale Newegg Web for $47 digital code preorder beat that!

Vs 59.99 plus 9% tax lmfao.

For ps4 and xbox one versions.

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

So lumping in all the people who do their taxes, spread sheets, video editing, and run things like Mixcraft on their PC's means there's a "broader audience"? Yeah, that makes perfect sense! (eyeroll)

El_Zaggy
El_Zaggy

I've got home consoles, andhelds and a gaming PC. I always get my games for the pc, this is the best and superior way of playing a game. Everything is more fun when you dont have long loading time, the installation is fast, the graphics are better and there is more customization. I just use consoles for exclusives but exclusives are very poor these days.

noandno
noandno

Another clear victory for the master race

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

Yeah true MOBA's are the real PC exclusive genre only.

Chaos_1990
Chaos_1990

Here we go again-comments about PC or consoles. Nerds.

rskueem
rskueem

Consoles are a luxury item, while PCs, which can also play games, are a necessity. “Just a few years ago the reverse was true,” he said. “This means PCs have the broader audience."

Agreed ^^

rhymesmatter
rhymesmatter

@Gravity_Slave I forgive you...lack of common sense is something ppl are usually born with so..I truly forgive you 

Flonne_N_Etna
Flonne_N_Etna

@Gravity_Slave  Sure, your cherry picking, baseless assumptions, erroneous statements and disregard of facts really proved your point. Amazed that there is actually someone stupid enough to like your comment.

wallydog63
wallydog63

@Gravity_Slave Sounds like a butthurt console bitch who cant stand the truth.  Awhhh, did the bad article upset the little bitch.  Too stupid to actually know the answers, so you have to ask for help?  Figures, little console bitch.

sirchick
sirchick

@veryDERPY  pirates exist on xbox 360 and ps3, its only matter of time for the new consoles. It doesn't really need to come into the equation give it happens across the entire spectrum equally.

R10nu
R10nu

@CaptainHerlock Yes, it means these people can potentially game on their machines without having to buy another device.

Don't see what's so hard to grasp here.

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

@El_Zaggy  Here's the thing though; consoles are more user friendly. You buy a console game and here's what you don't have to do; look at a specs sticker and say to yourself self "I wonder if my machine will run this?". You buy a console and it's good to go for the next five to seven years. No upgrading. No messing with drivers. No wondering if you have the right video card or enough memory. No "surprise factor". Know what that is? When you think you have a fast enough processor, enough memory, the right video card, all the updated drivers, and SURPRISE!! the latest and greatest game STILL doesn't work. On a console you put the game in and just blasting. I know many look down on that as being "lazy", but I'm at the point where I don't want to go into the file system and start tinkering with files. 

I'm not saying that one is necessarily superior than the other. What I am saying however, is that one provides a more user friendly experience than the other. 

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

@rskueem  The thing is I could game on my PC as its capable of running games (on lower setting mind you) but I still don't really game on it.


I think alot of people would game on a mobile device before they would a PC, even if they have one that could run games.

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

@rskueem  So he's lumping in people that use iTunes, do their taxes, do spread sheets, Microsoft Office users, and do video and music editing on their PC's and calling them a "broader audience"? Seems like he's trying to qualify this by making a huge reach on his part. 

19James89
19James89

@rskueem I thought smartphones and tablets were having a massive impact on sales of desktops and laptops?

lithus
lithus

And what makes you the expert?

veryDERPY
veryDERPY

@sirchick but you lose online for the entire box pretty much. i can torrent the FUCK out of one game then go online playing another. consoles...no

arkadiyk
arkadiyk

Kool please provide me a link or website name

iaccor
iaccor

@CaptainHerlock


Your console bias is really strong. "Consoles are more user friendly" is 100% subjective." You are stating it as a fact, when it is not. 


For me, PCs are more user friendly. I don't have to deal with nonsense like updating my console for every new game, or dealing with some ridiculous subscription for online play. Back when I played on a PS1, booting it up and shutting it down took a substantial amount of time. Launching a game introduced an unskippable 30 second introduction for most games. I can easily double click on a game and it launches immediately. I can skip most of the introduction by hitting enter. On average, I can start playing a PC game within 15 seconds, compared to the 60 seconds it took on the PS1, and the 45 seconds it takes on my PS Vita.


I guess my point is, in my experience, it's far easier, quicker, and more convenient to launch a game through the PC relative to the gaming consoles.


You're overexaggerating the downside with PCs. all you need is a computer with a good CPU and RAM (Of which such a configuration is commonplace), then put in a high-end GPU relative to what your PSU can handle, and you can play any game created within the next 5 years before needing to upgrade. Most people have insanely high-end GPUs which usually ends up making no difference because the human eye can't really discern the difference that easily.


As for your last statement, PC is 100% superior all the time because it is upgraded on the consumers own terms, and not dictated by any console publishers, who only update it every 8 years or so. Neither provides a more user friendly experience because that would mean that's true for everyone, which it is not.


atavax311
atavax311

@CaptainHerlock @El_Zaggy If you already have a PC, which most people already do. You just go to a website and download a free to play game, and try it out and if it doesn't work, you didn't spend any money to dedicate any significant amount of effort, no harm no foul.

bldgirsh
bldgirsh

Installation, subscription fees, networking. Consoles aren't as friendly as you think.

TroyTrojanGamer
TroyTrojanGamer

@CaptainHerlock @El_Zaggy That's not really true anymore.  Every time you turn the freaking PS4 on there is some kind of update you have to get before you can use something.  Not to mention the headache of installing games it's becoming like a knockoff PC IMO.

sirchick
sirchick

@noandno @daikkenaurora12  subscriptions are dying, mmorpgs are now removing a lot of them because its too competitive..i think daikkenaurora12 has an old view of the PC gaming world.

wallydog63
wallydog63

@Ladiesman17 Ouch, boy what a zinger you put out.  So articulate and thoughtful.  No wonder your the ladiesman.  LOL!!

misterwhite123
misterwhite123

@CaptainHerlock @rskueem  

What's with your butthurt comments antagonizing all these members who agree witt the article ? I've been reading the comments and all the comments I've seen you wrote are so "fanboy comments"

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

@19James89 - My understanding is that tablets are eating into the laptop market, and well known 'branded' PC sales are declining outside of business purchases.  However, 'build your own' PCs are more common, especially among PC gamers.  According to analysts, PC gaming managed $24 billion in revenue last year alone, an increase year on year.

bldgirsh
bldgirsh

@lithus  


Don't need to be an expert when there's already experts listed in the article that conducted the research. I know its hard to know that PC gaming is better. But, you got PS + to look forward to?

sirchick
sirchick

@veryDERPY @sirchick  which surely supports the idea that on a PC you have far more freedom to do as you wish with what you purchased.. something that is becoming more desirable these days.

Where as a console is limited and controlled by the makers, as if you're merely "renting" the thing and not actually "own it".

But that being said piracy still occurs equally on all platforms. Some people will have two consoles one for online legit playing which maybe like 3 or 4 games. Then 50 downloaded games on their cracked console.

The same applies on PC except you only need one PC because we have the freedom do what we want with what we purchase.

sirchick
sirchick

@arkadiyk  cdkeyvast dot com is 38 dollars, i don't know if these kind of sites are legal though so... =/

But i have not had issues so far from cdkeyhouse

atavax311
atavax311

@CaptainHerlock yes, i'm the one that doesn't know how to think abstractly, which is why you're the one that doesn't understand professional analysts' assessment. They were comparing the availability of PC gaming past and current. That because there are more people with PCs that are powerful enough to play games with they are more readily available which is one of the causes for an increase in sales. Your Heavy Metal analogy doesn't work because people always have had ears. It would be like saying the accessibility of music has increased since humans have evolved from beings that couldn't hear sound.

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

@atavax311 @CaptainHerlock @R10nu  Once again, a "gamer" doesn't know how to think abstractly. And you've pretty much found another way of saying what I've said, only in a much broader sense. Don't tell me, let me guess. Heavy Metal has a huge "potential audience" because 7 BILLION people on Earth have ears! We can do this all day. It doesn't prove anything only that my theory of "gamer logic", the convoluted thought process used by "gamers" to justify the irrational and often times illogical, is true. 

atavax311
atavax311

@CaptainHerlock @R10nu no, its like saying that the market for shoes is large because of the large number of people with feet. Buying a videogame is nowhere near the investment that running a marathon is.

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

@19James89 @Gallowhand  "Could". That doesn't mean it will. I could say the Chicago Cubs "could" win the World Series the next five years. That doesn't mean it's going to happen. 

19James89
19James89

@Gallowhand I read an article which suggested that the PC gaming sector could generate as much as $50bn this year. That's staggering it really is.