Interesting announcements from EA and Valve related to digital distribution today:

  • Steam has 75 Million users
  • Origin has 50 Million users
  • Uplay had 50 Million users (as of February 2013)

It’s important to note that in addition to PC/MAC games, EA’s Origin service and Ubisoft’s Uplay  service are also tied into their console and mobile titles,  so their 50 million user totals are not just for PC/MAC.

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