PC software sees $13.1 billion revenue in ’09

Wednesday, 10th March 2010 17:03 GMT By Johnny Cullen


PC gaming? Dead? We spit at you. The PCGA has gathered research showing software sales for the platform were up by 3 percent, bringing in a total revenue to $13.1 billion, in 2009.

However, despite the increase, sales of boxed games are down by 20 percent for last year.

There was growth declines for Europe and the US by 10 to 15 percent, but there was an increase for Asia.

“The most notable trend in recent years has been the movement to digital distribution and payment for subscriptions, and the growing popularity with consumers of online games as a service,” says PCGA president Randy Stude.

“In 2009, we saw North America and Europe experience a rapid uptake in purchasing virtual items. This model is what drove growth in Asia, and we think it is just starting to come to Western markets.”

There you have it. Go eat humble pie, PC haters.



  1. Eregol

    Seems like BDH’s conspiracy theories are wrong then?

    #1 5 years ago
  2. subversus

    watch out
    loki incoming!!

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Kalain

    I can hear his footsteps now… with the jaws music playing in the background. :D

    #3 5 years ago
  4. blackdreamhunk

    dam rights pc gaming destories consoles gaming


    here check otu this cuting edge game not coming to consoles

    yea I bet microsoft and sony with they could making 13 billion on their consoles ahahahahhahahhahahaha

    #4 5 years ago
  5. DrDamn

    Is that quote about boxed games correct? The release from the PCGA web site says …

    “However, the biggest downturn was in retail boxed sales of PC games, which now accounts for less than 20% of total revenue.”

    It could be down 20% too – just wondering.

    Errr … Randy Stude … snigger, titter, fnarr :)

    #5 5 years ago
  6. blackdreamhunk

    yea pc gaming destories consoles

    real gamers have real gaming hardware not baby toys!

    should I say a joke of a gaming rig lol

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Eregol

    “yea I bet microsoft and sony with they could making 13 billion on their consoles ahahahahhahahhahahaha”

    PC games developers don’t pay royalties to anyone do they?
    So, the only ones profitting through PC game sales, would be the developers and the publishers right?

    So, what does this have to do with MS and Sony?
    Then again, don’t MS AND SONY have PC publishing and development arms?

    Is BDH talking bullshit again?

    #7 5 years ago
  8. blackdreamhunk

    talk about gaming noob’s lol mircosoft and sony are crying in their little corner lol. sony and microsoft should just give me billions if they want to lose billions. I feel so sorry for those console game devs going bankuprt these days.

    sony and microsoft should bow down and worship the elite smart real gamers of the world.

    pc gamers and pc gaming is like the borg

    only god him self can stop pc gaming

    #8 5 years ago

    All of that extra money must have been all the PC gamers who bought Modern Warfare 2.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. blackdreamhunk


    you wish more like buying AvP,battlefield,mass effect2,startrek online and steams great deals!

    #10 5 years ago
  11. blackdreamhunk

    real gamers have real gaming hardware :P

    yep nothing new here pc gaming mops the floor with them consoles.

    we have the best games

    must games

    best game devs

    the best genres

    the must genres

    #11 5 years ago


    It must be Modern Warfare 2 that is saving PC gaming.

    You should write a thank you note to Actvision for helping your cause.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. blackdreamhunk

    bow in the presence of greatness

    I settle for nothing more than the best!

    pc gamers have the best tech

    pc gamers have the best information

    pc gamer even have the best toys

    pc gaming and pc gamers are so adanved we can play pc games with our mind!

    #13 5 years ago

    pc gaming and pc gamers are so adanved we can play pc games with our mind!


    Sounds like a trick of satin.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. blackdreamhunk

    pc gamers and pc gaming is perfection

    yea that’s right, bow in the presence of greatness

    you console gamers and normal every day people are nothing more than cave men. lol noobs!

    #15 5 years ago
  16. blackdreamhunk

    pc gamers will only bow to god!

    everything else can bow to us lol, because pc gamers we have the facts to back our claims! we drink information like it’s water!

    the things we know make the illumnati look like they live in the dark ages…lol ahahahaha

    we pc gamers, we own the internet.

    #16 5 years ago

    You really are insane.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. blackdreamhunk

    lol…ok…this cominf a cave man…noob.

    I am just one pc gamers, there are meny more pc gamers like me.

    I am just one of the elites, you can call me ambassador for the pc gaming elite lol

    some one has to show you place is in the food chain lol.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. missingLink

    Nooo… Pc gaming will destory us.

    It’ s the end of the world… sorry, i mean its teh ant off the world.

    I demand more youtube- links to back this up.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Eregol

    Let me know when BDH either starts talking sense, starts spelling properly or just plain fucks off to bed.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. blackdreamhunk

    bow in the presence of greatness

    that’s right I am too adanced for you, You know I am speaking the truth lol.

    #21 5 years ago

    I think he probably just hasn’t taken his medication today.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. blackdreamhunk

    ahaha you wish, Even main stream media is afriad of us elite pc gamers

    bow in the presence of greatness

    you see they can control you pesents like cow, moooo!


    they can’t fool us we are after all elite.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Eregol

    I think he has gone insane.

    He’s posting videos of Kanye West.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. blackdreamhunk


    oh please, how about you run back to your gimped gaming machine called a console.

    yuppers pc gaming makes 13 billion no suprised here. Unlike them suggling consoles that make game devs go bankuprt. lol

    #25 5 years ago
  26. missingLink

    You actually watch those Youtube- links!?

    Maybe K. West is also an elite Pc- Gamer, too…

    #26 5 years ago

    This is what PC gaming does to you!!!

    #27 5 years ago
  28. blackdreamhunk

    oh please, my pc is my tool, I’m healty in fact hot girls chase me…lol

    you guys are funny lol

    yes i like to use links and I like to use youtube links so people can really see what I am sayinf. I mean the world is fulll of noobs these days lol

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Eregol

    Oh please, you are a tool.
    I also think you’ll find I have a decent gaming pc.
    Currently enjoying WoW and Tales of Monkey island on it.


    #29 5 years ago
  30. blackdreamhunk

    yea well my pc looks something like this

    yuppers pc gaming destorys console nothing new :P

    yuppers 13 billion and console don’t even comes close.


    pc gaming is sooo big that the gaming main stream media needs lie about pc gaming to people just so console gaming could compete or even have a chance lol. ahahahaha what a joke.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. Psychotext

    /looks over the dead and weeps

    #31 5 years ago
  32. blackdreamhunk

    I bet not even lady gaga or mega fox could bdh.

    dam rights, bow in the presence of greatness…lol

    sorry only the best tools for real gamers

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Eregol

    I’d like to put BDH in Room 101 please.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. blackdreamhunk

    hahaha console butt

    #34 5 years ago
  35. loki

    “PC gaming? Dead? We spit at you. The PCGA has gathered research showing software sales for the platform were up by 3 percent, bringing in a total revenue to $13.1 billion, in 2009″

    Just lol

    revenue without profit it is nothing just farting.
    Anyway PC games sucks.

    #35 5 years ago
  36. blackdreamhunk

    loki wht’s that pc gaming made 13 billion, how did did console make lol last time checked console gaming is on a decline!

    #36 5 years ago
  37. Psychotext

    Nintendo on their own had $18.5bn revenue in 2009 BDH.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. blackdreamhunk

    nintendo knows there place in the food chain that is why they doing well. Also the casual gaming on pc is alot bigger than any then the wii.

    #38 5 years ago
  39. Psychotext

    You know that those numbers in the PCGA report include casual gaming right? It even includes Facebook revenue and online advertising.

    #39 5 years ago
  40. blackdreamhunk

    I am sure they count all the free casual pc gaming has. Even so the facts are pc gaming is still bigger.

    on and one more thing nintendo is on a decline right now.

    #40 5 years ago
  41. missingLink

    Decline? I thought they are just not selling that much anymore since “everbody” already owns a Wii.

    Can’ t deny it though i don’ t know for sure…

    #41 5 years ago
  42. Erthazus


    Thats a good news. I’m glad that platform that i play most of all have been successful.

    #42 5 years ago
  43. S0meRand0mN00b

    subversus said:
    March 10, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    “watch out
    loki incoming!!”
    grr i wana slap that retard :/

    #43 5 years ago
  44. blackdreamhunk


    why I am having so much fun….lol

    dam rights, bow in the presence of greatness…lol

    #44 5 years ago
  45. Grimrita

    PC gaming always has and always will be bigger than console gaming. Its just because PR twats from publishers and lazy developers cant be bothered to develop for the PC any more – so they create scare stories that the PC is in decline.

    Its no mistake that LAME/Station sales are down – hardly any PC games on their shelves and its known that the PC format has a much higher profit margin that console games.

    The PC model has shifted to digital – a place consoles will eventually end up. If you take in to account digital and non LAME/station store sales for Bad Company 2, you will see that yet again PC sales of the game easily out sell the PS3 and either just about beats or comes close to the xbox.

    The PC simply has a much greater install base than all the consoles put together.

    #45 5 years ago
  46. Kalain

    This is good news for PC gaming in general. Now, if they actually started to collate all of the PC sales data then we would get a much better picture.

    As for a few comments above, who do people know whats in the report when you have to pay to get it? At some point it will be leaked on the interwebs, but until then we can only work on the areas they have said.

    I would also like to see the revenue for each individual console as well, as I can probably assume that they will be much lower than the PC revenue.

    #46 5 years ago
  47. Psychotext

    There’s a summary on the PCGA homepage Kalain.

    #47 5 years ago
  48. Kalain

    Bah.. Firefox not clearing out the Cache.. bad firefox, bad firefox.. cheers :)

    #48 5 years ago
  49. absolutezero

    Why is it that theres nothing anymore that does not have proper fucking nutters for fans?

    #49 5 years ago
  50. chilled

    Why all the hate?
    Some people like to play on consoles, some on PC. There is no reason to make a big deal out of it…

    #50 5 years ago
  51. Neolucifer

    LOL BDH is a total schizo ….. one minute he would be moaning and hating consoles for destroying his beloved pc (WTF ???) … the next he would be spamming about pc destroying consoles (Same wtf ???).

    Just make up your mind already :p

    #51 5 years ago
  52. OlderGamer

    For what it is worth.

    I love BDH, his words is solid!

    BDH, lemme know when you get Onlive, I want the first game with you.

    #52 5 years ago

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