April 6, 2010

Money in PC game Sales

Yea, no duh.  Anyway it seems like a lot of companies are doing everything in their power to discourage developers and users from using the PC for gaming.  And what does this all come down to?  Well, u guesses it, money.  Game development companies are set to make more money off 360 or PS3 game sales than PC game sales.  Does that mean that Alan Wake should not come out on the PC, f*** no!!!  Well, amidst the feeling of PC gamers that some companies are trying to squeeze us outta the market, and in a sea of DRM nonsense, there is a light spot in the picture, coming from…Sega?  Yes, Sega has made statements that there is still money to be made with PC gaming sales.  Are their titles top notch, no, and what games are they actually making a decent buck off of, well: Aliens vs. Predator, Napoleon: Total War, and Football Manager 2010.  Sega’s share of the PC gaming market is at a surprising 12.8% thanks to the three games I just mentioned.  Sega’s UK MD John Clark says about Sega and the PC gaming industry: “The PC market is third in terms of its year-on-year performance with a decline of 26 per cent, but this doesn’t really reflect the full picture.  The PC digital download business is now a viable sector but somewhat invisible as it’s not yet covered by (UK’s) Chart-Track. The PC market overall is actually performing much better than is currently reported, and remains a vital and strong sector to be involved in.”

And about the games Sega has had good success with and the reason, “They can all drive a strong, community fan base with the ability to consistently deliver endless hours of gameplay,” he said. “For 2009, Sega was ranked the second biggest PC publisher in the market. In 2010 year-to-date, we are once again ranked second.”  Ahh, hope for PC Gamers everywhere : )

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  2. thsoundman - April 6, 2010 10:39 pm

    What alot of people don’t realize is that general PC game sales talies only include retail sales. PC game sales have been steadily moving to the digital distribution side of things. Steam never seems to release their sales figures for some odd reason. I know there is some reason for it but I don’t know it off the top of my head.

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