David Cole, owner of video game research body DFC Intelligence, claims that the PC games market has surpassed the console market in terms of revenue.
"On a global basis PC games have surpassed console games," Cole told PC , "but the new console systems means consoles should show an increase."
"Among core gamers there is a heavy overlap with most console gamers also playing on a PC,"
"Among core gamers there is a heavy overlap with most console gamers also playing on a PC,"he continued. "The big difference is that consoles are now the luxury item and PCs are the necessity. Just a few years ago the reverse was true. This means PCs have the broader audience."
Perhaps unsurprisingly, MOBAs and free-to-play titles are the most played genres on PC. "The MOBA games League of Legends and Dota 2 dominate everything else by an order of magnitude in terms of more usage than other products," said Cole. "In the first part of 2014 we saw some signs that may change with the introduction of new titles and some increased play of games outside the MOBA category. But MOBA is dominant. Beyond that it is a nice mix of MMO, strategy and first person shooter."
Still, it's not just mega hits like Dota2 and League of Legends that are doing well. "We can say that our top 20 list for 2013 had no titles released that year and in Q1 2014 we saw three new titles crack the list: DayZ, Rust and Hearthstone." You can check out DFC's latest published figures on PC gaming revenue and hours played .