Newzoo: PC only games sector to grow in 2022

Newzoo: PC only games sector to grow in 2022

A new forecast from Newzoo shows that the global games market is set to decline for the first time since it started covering the market.

The firm released research – as reported by – which showed that the worldwide games sector will decline by 4.3 per cent year-on-year, generating $184.4 billion. This is definitely a different story from Newzoo's previous forecasts for 2022 which reckoned games would make $196.8 billion globally.

PC is the only market set to show any signs of growth year-on-year, though it is slight – only 0.5 per cent. The sector will make $40.5 billion in 2022.

Mobile, meanwhile, is displaying significant decline. Newzoo reckons this sector will be down 6.4 per cent year-on-year to hit $92.2 billion – a sharp drop from the more than five per cent rise that it had previously predicted for the year.

Console is expected to drop two per cent more than anticipated, with a 4.2 per cent decline to $51.8 billion now forecast.

Newzoo also reckons the global games market will be bringing in $211.1 billion by 2025.

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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.