IDC analyst Billy Pidgeon expects connected consoles to generate over $2 billion in 2008 and to grow to over $7 billion by 2012.

According to Parks Associates, the market for casual games will reach $1 Billion by 2013.
They have Free-to-Play MMO Games at ~8.5 Million players in 2009, growing to more than 20 Million by 2013.
There’s also an excellent graph showing adoption and usage of online games.

Sony is now reporting that they have more than 20 Million people on the PlayStation Network (PSN)  according to VentureBeat. In early January, Microsoft said they had 17 Million active members who had spent more than $1 billion on Xbox LIVE since launch. 

Sony says they have sold:
  • More than 380 Million pieces of Content
  • Made $180 Million in revenue
This means on average, Sony is making:
  • $9/user
  • $.47/piece of content
With 70 million PS3’s sold, Sony has a 28.6 % rate of gamers becoming online gamers on the platform. PSN offers:
  • 14,500 items
  • of which, 5,900 are movies

comScore released an analysis of Americans’ usage of online gaming sites as the economy sours which showed that the category has grown:

  • 27 percent during the past year
  • American online gaming sites had 86 million visitors in December 2008
  • Total time spent playing online games jumped 42 percent
  • Americans’ total share of Internet time spent playing online games grew from 3.7 percent in December 2007 to 4.9 percent in December 2008
  • Yahoo! Games ranked as the most visited site in the category with 19.5 million visitors (up 20 percent) 
  • EA Online haad 15.4 million visitors (up 21 percent)
  • Disney Games had 13.4 million visitors (up 13 percent)

Top Online Gaming Sites

December 2008 vs. December 2007

Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations


Source: comScore Media Metrix

 

   Total Unique Visitors (000)

 Dec-2007 Dec-

2008

% Change

Total Internet : Total Audience

183,619

190,650

4

Online Gaming

67,457

85,977

27

Yahoo! Games

16,184

19,468

20

EA Online

12,673

15,369

21

Disney Games

11,933

13,458

13

WildTangent Network

7,650

13,306

74

Addictinggames.com

9,706

11,343

17

AOL Games

8,380

10,750

28

MSN Games

9,685

10,263

6

Miniclip.com

7,264

8,636

19

Nick.com Games

6,020

7,092

18

Spil Games

1,821

6,715

269

NPD Group, GfK Chart-Track Limited and Enterbrain, Inc., combined video game software unit sales across the world’s three largest games markets:

  • Experienced growth of 11 percent in calendar year 2008 (Jan.-Dec.)
  • 409.9 million units in 2008 
  • 367.7 million units in 2007
US Numbers:
  • Saw an increase of 15 percent over 2007
  • 268.4 million units in 2008
  • 36 million more units than last year

MCV reported numbers from GfK-ChartTrack regarding the number of Nintendo DS units that have sold thru in the UK. As of December 2008, the number was:

  • 8.8 Million 
The 9 Million mark should be easily achieved in the next several months given the growth in the UK market, which was up 37% in the first five weeks of the year over 2008.

GameSpot UK recently received numbers on the Australian market’s next-gen consoles install base from GfK Australia. With more than 2 Million next generation systems sold in the country, Australia is a potentially viable market for local content: