Worldwide Gaming Revenue To Top $70 Billion In 2015
Although the recent recession hit just about everything hard, gaming has been on the upswing and analysts are predicting big numbers for the future.
According to a series of reports recently released by DFC Intelligence, it has been predicted that worldwide gaming revenues will top $70 billion in 2015. If it comes true, that would represent a leap of 16% from the $60.4 billion DFC counted for 2009; the numbers in question "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." Now, that 16% growth wouldn't be considered amazing given the rate the industry was growing prior to 2008, but the crash from a few years back has caused analysts to revise their estimates...and still, 16% ain't a bad prediction. At the same time, DFC warns the industry will actually shrink over the next few years, as they expect much of the anticipated growth to occur between 2013 and 2015. As the current generation of systems age and as the trend towards online gaming continues to rise, gaming may take a total revenue hit in the immediate future. But all in all, things are pointing up, and we should be encouraged.
And of course, the consumer can always do his part by rewarding developers for fantastic efforts. The more we do that, the more greatness we'll have; it's a fairly straightforward circle.
5/27/2010 9:15:32 PM John Shepard