We know that it is a very strange time, which unfortunately began with the pandemic caused by the coronavirus. This health crisis has brought many problems, and some of them continue to exist, such as the problems in the distribution chains. In addition, we have shortage of components and stock problems, but the PC Gaming is in a good time.
A new report by IDC (International Data Corporation) ensures that the computer video game market is having a great year in EMEA (abbreviation in English for Europe, Middle East and Africa). In the second quarter of 2021, the sale of gaming computers grew 10.8% year-on-year, and 2.5 million units were distributed, according to IDC. In Europe it has grown by 10.9% compared to the previous year.
This organism expects growth keep going for the rest of the year, although at a slower pace than in previous quarters: 6.1% year-on-year for the third quarter and 4.8% for the fourth, according to their forecasts. Long-term growth is expected, reaching 11.4 million units in 2025. Of course, the trend is really positive.
According to IDC, in Western Europe demand was boosted in the first quarter due to the increase in consumers who telework. The report says that as the games are going to be more demanding, more players are expected to update your PC to play at the highest graphic quality. Still, supply and logistics issues will continue to plague PC Gaming.
It is striking that the report ensures that distributors have focused, due to the shortage, on launching the market desktop computers (they grew more, 14.7% year-on-year) instead of laptops (4.9%). IDC also explains, to no one’s surprise, that although many gamers want to upgrade their GPUs, the price hike is going to delay your purchase.
Still, the higher demand has other causes, according to the report: the increase in sports consumption or the growing interest in doing streamings of the spectators themselves. “Steam and Epic Games are replacing social media, bringing people together, not only in terms of buying games and streaming, but also to socialize with players with similar interests, “said Marko Mihailovic, analyst at IDC.