DFC Intelligence predicts 2016 game software sales to reach $79 billion. This is 8% higher than 2015.

  • Video Game Software Sales will be $98 billion in 2020
  • The market is seeing a CAGR of more than 5 percent
  • The PC Game Market in Asia, North America and Europe will grow to $40 billion by 2020
  • The PC Game Market in Asia, North America and Europe was $30 billion in 2015

According to the Game Publishers Association, China (GPC):

  • China had 517 million gamers as of this time last year
  • 147 million of those players are core gamers
  • There were 358 million mobile gamers in China in 2014
  • The U.S. is now the top market by revenue for mobile games

According to Global Mobile Game Confederation (GMGC):

  • China will become the largest market for mobile games in 2016 with estimated revenue of $7.7 billion
  • The U.S. will reach $7.3 billion in mobile game revenue in 2016
  • The mobile game market in China will reach $9.3 billion in 2017
  • The mobile game market in the U.S. will reach $8.2 billion in 2017

According to IDC’s Worldwide Digital PC and Mac Gaming 2013-2017 Forecast:

  • PC and Mac gamer spending will be $24 billion worldwide by 2017
  • Worldwide digital PC/Mac gaming is expected to grow at a rate of four percent per year
  • Market growth will occur in the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) regions
  • Hardcore F2P games have close to a $16 ARPPU, the highest of the categories studied.

ARPPU - 2014

International Data Corporation (IDC) published the Worldwide Gaming-Optimized Handheld, Smartphone, and Tablet Gaming 2013–2017 Forecast, on the current state and future direction of smartphone, tablet, and gaming-optimized handheld (GOH) hardware and software. The forecast details the outlook for Apple, Google/Android, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony, and a wide range of game developers and publishers from a mobile and portable gaming perspective through 2017. Some key point they make are:

  • IDC research shows that the number of paying smartphone and tablet gamers will surpass the number of paying GOH gamers worldwide in 2013
  • This number will continue to rise at a rapid rate through 2017
  • The number of GOH bundles shipped should fall at an average of nearly 7% per year over the next five years
  • The installed base of GOH’s is being overwhelmed by smartphones and tablets that are used for casual gaming primarily
  •  Total mobile/portable gaming revenue, including digital and packaged game software, GOH hardware bundles, and direct advertising revenue going to platform suppliers and game developers/publishers, is forecast to approach $23 billion in 2017.

DFC Intelligence released new research forecasting global revenue from video game software growing from $52 billion in 2011 to $70 billion in 2017.

  • Revenue growth is predicted to be split between three broad platforms: personal computers (PCs) leading with 39% of revenue, TV-based console systems with 36% of revenue, and mobile devices with 25%.
  • By 2017, 66% of game software will be delivered digitally
  • The core consumer still remains males age 12 to 30
  • Browser-based games and social networks will exceed $8 billion in revenue by 2017
  • Free-to-play games should count on an average paying consumer spending $75 a year for two years

A recent study by In-Stat, predicts mass adoption of Ultra HD TVs will stretch into the 2020s. Ultra HD comes in: 4K (3840×2160) 4x 1080p resolution; and 8K (7680×4320) 16x 1080p resolution. In-Stat also predicted:

  • 40% of North American homes will have Ultra HD sets by 2025
  • 28.2% of European homes will have Ultra HD sets by 2025
  • 20 million Ultra HD sets will be shipped in North America by 2025
  • It will take 5-10 years before displays reach 5% of all homes
  • Broadcasters won’t begin offering Ultra HD content until 2017
  • A number of consumer-electronics manufacturers are already exploring the higher formats, and theatrical film makers are already producing 4K content for digital cinemas.
  • Digital cinemas are already exhibiting 4K content and creating infrastructure for 4K and 8K content
  • 1080p and 3D content will become more widely distributed before Ultra HD arrives in the home

For game makers, this should give an idea of how much the art requirements are going to change on games such as Modern Warfare 6 and Grand Theft Auto 11 (ok that was a joke).