The gaming industry is worth billions of dollars today. After Nintendo managed to give it the proper boost that it needed back in the 80s, it’s been growing ever since. Fast-forward to the present and you can see that there’s a huge variety of different companies involved, both big and small. But which part of the market is making the most money? Valve’s Steam platform is huge on PC. The three main console manufacturers have a total user-base in the hundreds-of-millions. So, between console and PCs, they should be leading the charge, right? Nope. That honor goes to the mobile market.
While mobile gaming has only really been a real market since the late 2000s, it’s responsible for not just having the highest amount of users, but also generating the most revenue. How much? Well, according to research done by Superdata, in just in the month of May alone mobile gaming generated $7.8 billion in revenue. That’s definitely not a small number by any means. It’s a 9% jump for this year.
Compare that to the digital sales on Xbox One and PS4, which saw a 7% decline. The PC market fell even more, going down by 30%. This doesn’t mean that console and PC gaming are doomed to be devoured by the mobile market, but it’s interesting to see the vast difference in financial performance. Keep in mind that mobile devices are much more popular among the average consumer than consoles. When it comes to PCs, most people just use them for business and general tasks, not so much gaming.