The PC Gaming Alliance
says that software sales reached a record $20 billion in 2012. GamesIndustry.biz
reports that this represents eight percent year-on-year growth and a 90 percent uptick since PC Gaming Alliance's first report in 2008.
The report, commissioned from entertainment research firm DFC Intelligence
cites Guild Wars 2
, Mists of Pandaria
, Diablo III
, and Minecraft
as positive influences on a market that also saw "the decline of large subscription MMOs." DFC indicates that there are approximately one billion PC gamers worldwide, 250,000 of whom identify as "core" gamers with interests including strategy, action, and RPG titles.