Levelling up: Revenue growth is expected to slow as consumers await the next generation of consoles

Games published for the major games consoles are the biggest source of revenue in the Computer Game Publishing industry, but social games played online and on mobile phones are playing an increasingly large part. Video games have now become a common form of entertainment for a large proportion of the population, although many of these are casual rather than regular gamers. Games are now played by many people outside the obvious market for games. Mobile phone gaming has opened the door to a large, previously untapped market. User-friendly devices, such as the iPad and Google Nexus, are encouraging older generations to play games...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Demand has slowed since the release of current consoles as the second-hand market has grown
  • Companies targeting the mobile and social network gaming markets have grown quickly
  • Supermarkets are expected to dominate physical game sales, while specialist retailers decline further
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    Businesses in the Computer Game Publishing industry often locate their offices in the main creative and media hubs of the United Kingdom. This is primarily because it helps to be close to ancillary service industries and because employees with the required skill sets tend to be concentrated there.London and the South EastLondon and the South East are service industry hubs, with many high-tech companies located in the regions. London and the South East are estimated to account for 50% of all industry establishments in 2018-19, according to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics. Son...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Computer Game Publishing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Computer Game Publishing Industry are

  • Having links with suppliers
  • Access to highly skilled workforce
  • Having a wide and expanding product range
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from computer and gaming product retailers and IT and telecommunications adoption in the Computer Game Publishing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Computer Game Publishing Industry?

    Companies in this industry publish video games for all platforms, including PC, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS, Microsoft Xbox One, Sony PlayStation 4, Sony PlayStation Vita, mobile devices and online platforms. The industry does not include publishing of non-gaming computer software such as operating systems (see IBISWorld report J58.290) or computer game development.

    Industry Products
  • Software for Sony consoles
  • Software for Nintendo consoles
  • Software for Microsoft consoles
  • Software for PCs
  • Software for other platforms
  • Industry Activities
  • Distributing games
  • Adapting games to the domestic market
  • Testing games
  • Marketing games
  • Developing artwork and packaging for games
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from computer and gaming product retailers
  • IT and telecommunications adoption
  • Population aged 16 to 25 years
  • Total online expenditure

  • Current Performance
  • Glitch in growth
  • Mobile markets
  • Wider audience
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Game changer
  • A new channel
  • Strategy game
  • Table: Computer Game Publishing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Computer Game Publishing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Supermarkets
  • Computer & Gaming Product Retailers
  • Audio & Video Equipment Retailers
  • Electrical Household Appliance Retailing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Software Development

  • Products & Services
  • Software for Sony consoles
  • Software for Microsoft consoles
  • Software for other platforms
  • Software for Nintendo consoles
  • Software for PCs
  • Chart: Computer Game Publishing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Online and digital sellers
  • Supermarkets
  • Other retailers
  • Gaming and computer specialists
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Computer Game Publishing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitDevelopment costsLicensing feesPurchasesMarketingWagesDepreciation, rent and utilitiesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Computer Game Publishing

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Computer Game Publishing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Electronic Arts Ltd, Nintendo of Europe GmbH, Microsoft Ltd, Ubisoft Limited, Activision Blizzard UK Limited,
  • Table: Electronic Arts Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Nintendo of Europe GmbH - financial performance
  • Table: Microsoft Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Ubisoft Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Activision Blizzard UK Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Computer Game Publishing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Computer Game Publishing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Eighth-Generation Console
  • The Nintendo Wii U, Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One are eighth-generation gaming consoles.
  • Home Console
  • A static gaming console intended to be connected to a television set.
  • Localisation
  • The practice of adapting a game to suit a particular country.
  • Massively Multiplayer Online Game (Mmo)
  • An online video game that can be played by many people at the same time.
  • Microtransaction
  • A method whereby a publisher extracts revenue from a gamer by selling small items such as in-game content.
  • Seventh-Generation Console
  • The Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 are seventh-generation gaming consoles.
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