Research analyst: Retail PC gaming is dying
Posted: 01.03.2011 01:38 by Comments: 11
Research Analyst PricewaterhouseCoopers has revealed off some hard numbers that show what many have been saying for the last decade: retail PC gaming is dying. Anyone who has entered a brick-and-mortar videogame store could tell you that from the shrinking PC games section.

According to the analyst, "Retail sales of PC games have been deteriorating for a number of reasons: Developers are producing fewer PC games because of the fear of piracy. Consumers have been migrating from PC games to those played on the current generation of consoles. Retailers do not make the same effort to market PC games, often relegating them to the backs of their stores. Last, the move to digital distribution of games makes downloading them directly to the PC an easier alternative to purchasing the games at retail. "

The analyst does say that MMOs, casual games and digital titles are doing well, which is not great news if you're a fan of games like Crysis, however.

Some markets don't even register due to piracy in Asia: "The US PC game market will decline by 3.0 percent annually from $539 million in 2009 to $464 million in 2014, while the Canadian market will decline from $62 million to $50 million, a 4.2 percent compound annual rate. What’s worse is that in many of the Asian markets the piracy of PC games is so bad that some of them don’t even have market data to share. Ouch. "

The trends will continue, but on the other hand, there will always be one developer or another who wants to test the limits of what can be done on game hardware. Just expect console ports to be included.
Source: CinemaBlend
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By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Mar 01, 2011
There was a separate graph for it.
By neilmike (SI Core) on Mar 01, 2011
oh really...the hell will you stop going on about pc is dying...
rock on digital distribution !
By JustCommunication (SI Core) on Mar 01, 2011
You'll notice that that news story is entitled 'Retail' PC Gaming is dying. 'Retail' being the sale of goods from a fixed location, so basically shops.

That, at least, I can agree with somewhat. If you've been into a GAME over the past few years, you will haev noticed the PC space shrinking. Peopel seem to be losing faith in the brick and mortar distribution method.

But yeah, PC gaming as a whole isn't dying, it's just evolving. Digital Distribution is what's keeping us going right now, so as long as more companies start adopting that, it's all good.

Although I will miss the boxed products.
By djole381 (SI Elite) on Mar 01, 2011
As JC said PC gaming is evolving and migration to digital distribution seems like a natural step though I believe that retail will never die out. Current situation might be only temporary.
By PowerJack (SI Elite) on Mar 01, 2011
As expected Japan rulez the department
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Mar 01, 2011
However, you might notice sales are dropping across the board anyway.
By chiefone (SI Veteran Member) on Mar 02, 2011
I'm sorry but I see a strange anomaly here.

This says the PC gaming revenue is up 20% to 16 Billion - soon to reach 23 Billion.
By JustCommunication (SI Core) on Mar 02, 2011
Different people saying different things, and I expect that report has people like the USA and the UK in it, which would make a huge difference to what the figures show.
By PyrettaBlaze (SI Veteran Member) on Mar 02, 2011
Hmm, this is true if you walked into a game store and seen the PC titles, not much to choose from. Might be shrinking but it won't die out, at least I don't think so. Who knows, in a few it might climb dramatically, we never know.
By K3Spice (SI Core) on Mar 03, 2011
Game stores tend to favor consoles. If I go to Fred Meyers, K-Mart (sometimes), Wal-mart, Radio Shack (sometimes), Best Buy, or hardware stores; I will be sure to find a very good selection of games. It could be declining in retail stores because it is usually cheaper to sell downloadable versions or ship it to the buyer. So in a way the developers can make more money from PC gamers.
By Haluciniram (SI Veteran Member) on Mar 05, 2011