Newzoo's 2013 Global Games Market Report predicts that game revenues will grow to $70.4 billion worldwide this year, representing a 6 percent year-on-year increase for the global video games industry. The firm also predicts that the number of gamers is expected to grow beyond 1.2 billion by the end of the year. Regional growth in game spending will be the highest in Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region at 11 percent. North America and Europe will show very modest growth in 2013. The firm also says that smartphone and tablet games will grow 35 percent to $12.3 billion, while the PC will see the largest share with 39 percent growth, or $27.6 billion.
The report also predicts that the Asia-Pacific market will reach $25.1 billion this year, making it the biggest games market in the world. The North American market will total $22.8 billion (an increase of two percent) followed by EMEA with $19.5 billion (four percent).
Newzoo says that console systems will generate the most revenue at $30.6 billion (down one percent), or 43 percent of global games revenues. This number includes DLC spending and second-hand trades. Traditional PC gaming (downloads and boxed) will be down 7 percent to $6.0 billion, but will be offset by 14 percent growth for MMO games totaling $14.9 billion. Game revenues generated by tablet and smartphones will gross 18 percent of the global games market, surpassing $12 billion.
The full report will be released on June 6th. Some of its key findings can be found in this PDF. Shortly before the official launch of the report on the June 6th, Newzoo will host two webinars on June 4th (9PM CET, Noon PDT) and 5th (10AM CET, 5PM KST) to preview it to interested parties. Newzoo CEO Peter Warman will provide background information on methodology and share some exclusive data and insights from the report.