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The NPD Group has released new data showing that online subscriptions in the US gaming market exceed $1 billion annually.
ImageIn particular, NPD's new Online Subscription Tracker (announced in February) paints a clearer picture of the PC market, which has had much of its revenue move to online.

"Now that NPD can estimate the value of the subscription market, it's clear that there is a sizable chunk of revenue being generated by PC gaming beyond what is reflected in retail sales," said NPD analyst Anita Frazier.

PC retail sales declined slightly from just over $1 billion in the US in 2006 to $910.7 million in 2007. This did not include digital distribution and online subscription sales.

NPD said there are 11 million gaming subscribers monthly.

The billion-dollar figure includes three categories: MMO, casual and console revenues. The firm calculated the figures by taking the online revenue average of Q4 2007 ($94.3 million) and Q1 2008 ($80.1 million), in turn taking the average of those figures and multiplying by 12 months.

The research firm also ranked the top five MMO and gaming websites based on units in Q1 2008:

MMO/PC Game Subscribers

1.) World of Warcraft
2.) RuneScape
3.) Lord of the Rings Online
4.) Final Fantasy XI
5.) City of Heroes

Gaming Website Subscribers

1) Pogo.com
2) Realarcade.com
3) Bigfishgames.com
4) Gametap.com
5) Disney.com

Frazier described a demographically diverse PC gaming audience. "By contrasting the demographics of MMO players against those of gaming website players, the broad appeal of PC gaming is clearly evident," she said.

"While the majority of gaming website players are females over the age of 35, MMOG players are largely males under the age of 35. The variety of content available to play games on the PC clearly can draw a diverse audience."

NPD said that it may periodically release more online-related figures to the public, such as Xbox Live data. Complete details on NPD's findings are in the full report, Video Game and PC Game Subscriptions Report.
Yea go to hell EA and your DRM. PC gaming isn't dying. It went down 10% in retail but THAT DIDN'T INCLUDE PURCHASES OVER SYSTEMS SUCH AS STEAM.
    
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Yeah, really everyone already knew this, it's just the people that like to ***** about pirates don't want to admit it. The game industry is fine, it ain't declining.
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Pc Ftw!!!!
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The funny thing is that all them games listed don't include what is made through steam etc...

And also the size of the PC FPS community...
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I really wish they would include games sold through online distribution. It's far too big of a market to ignore.
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The funny thing is that all them games listed don't include what is made through steam etc...

And also the size of the PC FPS community...
That's really what I miss the most after dropping out of my CAL-M CS1.6 team.. the community was the best. Huge rivalries formed even through a massive league such as CAL.
We'd all be in #complexity, #team3d, #gotfrag and everyone else's channels in mIRC.

Ah I really do miss that alot... consoles will never have that..
    
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RuneScape...
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That's really what I miss the most after dropping out of my CAL-M CS1.6 team.. the community was the best. Huge rivalries formed even through a massive league such as CAL.
We'd all be in #complexity, #team3d, #gotfrag and everyone else's channels in mIRC.

Ah I really do miss that alot... consoles will never have that..
Your post brings back fond memories.

Yeah your right, no matter what consoles bring to the
table they'll never have that level of community.

Pc gaming forever please, k thanx.
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MMO/PC Game Subscribers

1.) World of Warcraft
2.) RuneScape
3.) Lord of the Rings Online
4.) Final Fantasy XI
5.) City of Heroes
Ahh RuneScape. I'm surprised it made it into the #2 spot. I remember back when I didn't know anyone in real life who had ever heard of it, back when what they now call RuneScape Classic was new.
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Ahh RuneScape. I'm surprised it made it into the #2 spot. I remember back when I didn't know anyone in real life who had ever heard of it, back when what they now call RuneScape Classic was new.
I remember back when it was fairly new and a few of my friends were convinced it was called "RunEscape" (notice the capitalization). Good times.
    
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