Worldwide PC/Mac Gamer and PC/Mac Gaming Peripheral 2014–2018 Forecast
This IDC study sizes the number of unique online and offline video game players on PCs and Macs through 2018 and breaks these gamers down into hardcore, enthusiast, and casual types. The study leverages the demographic, hardware, and game genre preference distinctions of these three gamer types to forecast retail sales volumes and revenue in six key PC/Mac gaming peripheral categories (North America is additionally broken out from an aggregated rest of world total): mice, keyboards, gamepads/controllers, external speakers, headphones, and headsets.
"The number of PC and Mac gamers who play at least an hour a week should rise incrementally to approximately 655 million in 2018," says Lewis Ward, IDC's research director of Gaming. "However, the total amount of revenue generated by the sale of mice, keyboards, gamepads, headphones, headsets, and external speakers to PC and Mac gamers worldwide is forecast to drop in the next several years because of a projected decline in total consumer PC/Mac sales, intense competition in the commoditized entry-level and even mainstream tiers of these peripheral markets, and defection within the casual gaming community in particular to smartphone and tablet alternatives."