UK consumers spent half a billion pounds on PC games overall in 2013 – the biggest number in the platform’s history.
However, the boxed PC market has suffered its steepest decline yet, with £42.7m made from the sale of physical software last year – a fall of almost 26 per cent over 2012. A decade ago in 2003, boxed PC games generated just shy of £200m (according to UKIE/GfK Chart-Track).
Yet, IHS Screen Digest estimates the PC digital market – which includes social games, casual portals, download-to-own and MMO revenue – is worth £458m.
The data firm estimates that PC casual portals (such as Big Fish) have declined year-on-year, PC Facebook games are flat, while download-to-own and online products (such as MMOs and MOBAs) have grown significantly.