Not too long ago, the gaming scene was dominated by PC games. It was a landslide victory for the PC gamers. But as technology keep advancing, so did the video game industry. Today, mobile gaming poses a real threat to the PC and console gaming industry.
So, after how many years and with so many mobile gamers today, just how much have they grown? In this article, we’re going to uncover some interesting facts and statistics about mobile gaming and PC gaming. Let’s begin!
Mobile Gaming Statistics
Mobile games have taken the world by storm. It has by far the most impressive curve out of PC and Console games. In 2011, the worldwide market value of the mobile gaming industry amount to 8.6 billion. Then it increased to 39 billion in 2015 and to 74.4 billion in 2019.
Surprising Stats About Mobile Gaming
Because of that, the mobile gaming industry now comprises 50% of the total market value of the video gaming industry which includes PC and consoles. If that’s not impressive enough, here are more surprising statistics about mobile gaming:
- The mobile gaming industry is expected to be worth more than $174 billion by 2021.
- The top country for mobile game session shares is the United States with 20% followed by India with 13% of shares.
- The most popular mobile game types played in the U.S are puzzle games, board games, card games, and game shows.
- China spends 25% which is #34.4 billion of worldwide mobile game spending.
- 4 billion people worldwide play mobile games in 2019.
- Gaming is the 3rd most popular app category, the first is social media followed by shopping apps.
- The 2018 app revenue was $63.2 billion, 73% of which came from mobile gaming apps.
- 50% of mobile gamers are women.
- Candy Crush remains the most popular game.
- The average US mobile gamer spent $77.60 in 2016.
- 1% of game developers consider rivalry to be the biggest danger to their mobile games business as of Fall 2017.
- In July 2016, arcade games had 63.1 million downloads and is perceived as the greatest number of mobile game downloads in the U.S by game type.
- Fortnite Exceeded 100 Million Downloads on iOS in Just 138 Days.
- Helix Jump was the most downloaded mobile gaming app of 2018.
- 53% of Candy Crush Gamers are the Primary Decision Makers in their homes.
- Smartphones and tablets took up 34% of the global of the worldwide games market shares in 2015.
- Users spend over 43% of their smartphone time playing mobile games
Best-selling Mobile Games
When it comes to mobile gaming revenue, almost all of the mobile games in the market contribute to the worldwide revenue. But it isn’t fair to the top-performing games to not recognize their merits. That’s why we’ve compiled these lists from sensortower.com of the best-selling mobile games worldwide for August 2019.
- Fate/Grand Order
- PUBG Mobile
- Honor of Kings
- Pokémon Go
- Monster Strike
- Candy Crush Saga
- Westward Journey
- Lineage M
- Clash of Clans
PC Gaming Statistics
Mobile games took the world by storm but PC games have been around since the first computer game in 1962. It steadily increased in revenue and players worldwide, especially during the early 2000s.
The PC gaming industry is worth over $15 billion in 2011, $25 billion in 2015 and finally to $31.3 billion in 2019. Unlike in the gaming industry where the revenue had a big curve, PC games had relatively steady growth. Consistency is the name of the game for PC games. This makes sense knowing how they’ve built a community over the years.
Interesting Stats About PC Games
To know more about PC games, here are some interesting statistics:
- The PC gaming industry is estimated to be worth $33.6 billion by 2020.
- The Sims 3 sold the most unites and is known as the best-selling PC game of all time worldwide with a total of 7.95 million units sold as of 2018.
- 34% of Steam sales revenue was attributed to North American according to Valve.
- 48% of gaming studios work on VR/AR games.
- 25 brand new games are released on Steam each day.
- Dota 2 players received over $177 million in tournament prizes.
- League of Legends is the most popular game.
- The gaming video content market was $5.2 billion in 2018.
- The average gamer is 34 years old.
- The wealthiest pro gamer in the world has earned over $4 million.
- 47% of game developers sell their games on Steam.
- CS:GO had an estimate of 12.54 million units sold in 2017, making it the second-highest-paid game title on Steam.
- World of Warcraft took second place among the best selling PC games of all time around the world, with a total of 6.33 million units sold as of January 2018.
- League of Legends is the most popular core PC game worldwide as of March 2018, followed by PUBG later with Fortnite.
- The average price of a game on Steam is $8.86 in 2019.
- 43% of the worldwide gaming PC and accessory revenue are from high-end gaming PCs.
- PUBG has the highest number of players reached in one hour with 3 million.
Best-selling PC Games
Compared to mobile gaming, PC games have come a long way from the first game in 1962, it’s spawned an entirely new industry over the years thanks to dedicated gamers. Let’s take a look at the best-selling PC games as of 2019. Note that the basis of this ranking is on the number of units sold in millions.
- The Sims 3 – 7.96
- World of Warcraft – 6.35
- Diablo III – 5.26
- Microsoft Flight Simulator – 5.12
- StarCraft II – 4.86
- Warcraft II – 4.21
- Half-Life – 4.12
- The Sims 4 – 4.1
- World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade – 4.09
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
As we saw from the statistics above, the mobile gaming industry is now bigger than the PC with console gaming industries combined. This can be attributed to the fact that more people own a smartphone than a PC. For better or for worse, this is a win-win for the video gaming industry overall as their sales are getting higher while we consumers are getting more games every day.