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  • IDG Publishes Q4 2017 Digital Report – February 2018

    This report covers IDG insights into the Mobile, Digital PC, and Digital Console gaming categories, digital forecast and rationales by segment, segment spotlights, and an updated 5-year forecast provided in Excel and Tableau formats. Topics include:

    Mobile

    • Apple’s new requirements to disclose odds for lootboxes in games on the iOS App Store
    • Changing dynamics in User Acquisition
    • Disney’s acquisition of Fox IP and FoxNext Games
    • Emerging mobile battle royale titles

    Digital PC

    • Continued growth for the Battle Royale genre and its impact on other major genres
    • Performance of the top performing VR titles in 2017
    • Potential resurgence in browser gaming related to 5G technology
    • Implications for the recently discovered Meltdown and Spectre security flaws

    Digital Console

    • Revival of AA games thanks to investments like Take-Two’s Private Division
    • Nintendo’s emerging strategy for the Chinese market
    • Star Wars Battlefront II’s lootbox fiasco
    • Xbox One X and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds impact on Xbox One sales
    • Microsoft’s decision to include first-party titles day-and-date on Xbox Game Pass

    This report is complimentary for IDG Premium and IDG Digital Subscribers. If you are interested in IDG’s services, please email Yoshio Osaki at yoshio@idgconsulting.com or call our main office at (415) 674-4600.

  • IDG Publishes Global Forecast Update – November 2017

    This publication covers Q1-Q3 2017 performance of the console/retail markets for the US, Western Europe and Japan and provides an update on our 5-year forecast as well as IDG’s industry model in Excel and Tableau formats. Topics covered in this publication include:

    • Analysis of the latest trends affecting the console and handheld markets including PS4 Pro sales, third-party SW performance on the Switch, and 3DS HW trends in Japan, among others
    • IDG Holiday 2017 predictions for both HW and SW, in addition to a Black Friday shopping guide for the US
    • Hardware and Software Q1-Q3 2017 performance summaries, along with top publishers and titles for the US, Western Europe and Japan
    • Summary of changes made to the IDG forecast by platform and country/territory as well as rationales for the changes

    This report is complimentary for IDG Premium and IDG Primary Subscribers but can be purchased individually from our online store here: IDG Research Store.  If you are interested in IDG’s services, please email Yoshio Osaki at yoshio@idgconsulting.com or call our main office at (415) 674-4600.

  • IDG Publishes Q3 2017 Digital Report – November 2017

    This report covers IDG insights into the Mobile, Digital PC, and Digital Console gaming categories, digital forecast and rationales by segment, segment spotlights, and an updated 5-year forecast.  Topics include:

    • Discussion on the potential of mobile AR and advancements made by current movers and shakers in the space
    • Examination of the shift in publisher rankings within the mobile space and the best practices that have put certain publishers back in the lead
    • Thoughts around mobile monetization including the merit of rewarded video ads for mobile games within the current environment of rising user retention costs, and the importance of ease of mobile payment processes, especially in emerging markets
    • Rundown of the pros and cons of Windows’ Mixed Reality devices on both the hardware and software fronts
    • Assessment of Valve’s new Steam Direct offering since its launch in June 2017
    • Observations on the new trend of game cloning within the PC space, specifically with regards to the battle royale mode
    • Dialogue on the impact of new microtransaction and virtual currency strategies taken by console publishers to help counteract rising development and marketing costs, and the effect of the hybrid model on the F2P console space

    This report is complimentary for IDG Premium and IDG Digital Subscribers.  If you are interested in IDG’s services, please email Yoshio Osaki at yoshio@idgconsulting.com or call our main office at (415) 674-4600.

  • IDG Publishes The Esports Guidebook Thought Piece – October 2017

    The esports market is one of the most exciting and fast-growing categories that gaming has seen in years, but it is still relatively immature. This report outlines how companies can navigate the very complicated and difficult growing pains that esports will have to undergo to evolve from Esports 1.0 to Esports 2.0. Topics include:

    • The events and drivers that have helped shape esports into what it is today, as well as what makes a game a successful esport
    • Ways in which esports and physical sports are similar, as well as the critical ways in which they are different
    • Key differences in how esports is developing in different regions of the world
    • What key companies are doing to advance esports, what Esports 2.0 may look like, and what the industry still needs to reach the next level

    This report is complimentary for IDG Premium and IDG Primary Subscribers but can be purchased individually from our online store here: IDG Research Store.  If you are interested in IDG’s services, please email Yoshio Osaki at yoshio@idgconsulting.com or call our main office at (415) 674-4600.

  • IDG Publishes Global Forecast Update – August 2017

    This publication covers H1 2017 performance of the console/retail markets for the US, Western Europe and Japan and provides an update on our 5-year forecast. Topics covered in this publication include:

    • Analysis of the latest trends affecting the console and handheld markets including PS4 vs. Xbox One sales comparison and 2DS XL’s launch effect on Japan’s 3DS market
    • IDG commentary on the Switch’s performance to-date and sales for the console’s top performing software
    • Hardware and Software H1 2017 performance summaries, along with top publishers and titles for the US, Western Europe and Japan
    • Summary of changes made to the IDG forecast by platform and country/territory as well as rationales for the changes as well as IDG’s industry model in Excel and Tableau formats

    This report is complimentary for IDG Premium and IDG Primary Subscribers but can be purchased individually from our online store here: IDG Research Store.  If you are interested in IDG’s services, please email Yoshio Osaki at yoshio@idgconsulting.com or call our main office at (415) 674-4600.

  • IDG Publishes Q2 2017 Quarterly Digital Report – August 2017

    This report covers IDG insights into the Mobile, Digital PC and Digital Console gaming categories, digital forecast and rationales by segment, segment spotlights, and an updated 5-year forecast. Topics include:

    • Summary and commentary on Apple’s upcoming redesign of the App Store in iOS 11
    • Insights into the gradual push of mobile into the AR space akin to Pokémon GO, and examination of the current state of VR on console
    • Discussion on the diverging trends between Mobile and PC esports
    • Assessment of the current subscription offerings and future viability of the subscription model on PC
    • Rundown of success factors for Western publishers wishing to break into Asia and recent examples of Western titles that have flourished in Asian markets of late
    • Dialogue on the importance of user-generated content and planned generated content in PC games
    • Analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of the gradual shift in economics on console towards live services + microtransactions and Free-to-Play business models

    This report is complimentary for IDG Premium and IDG Digital Subscribers. If you are interested in IDG’s services, please email Yoshio Osaki at yoshio@idgconsulting.com or call our main office at (415) 674-4600.

  • IDG Publishes Navigating the Steam Market Thought Piece – July 2017

    Steam has become one of the leading retailers in the digital era and an archetype of global trends within the PC market. In this report, IDG delves into trends at a genre level and dissects how game features and themes can affect player engagement. Topics include:

    • Audit of Steam’s current standing within the PC marketplace and summary of the issues with the current genre breakdown based on Steam’s genre algorithm
    • Overview of IDG’s new, proprietary framework for genres that utilizes Steam’s user-defined tags to more accurately evaluate the performance of Steam’s portfolio of titles
    • Study of Steam’s current genre makeup through the lens of IDG’s genre algorithm, including deeper findings on the top four genres: Shooter, Strategy, Action and RPG
    • Supplemental study of non-genre specific tags including features and themes, and their effect on player engagement

    Navigating the Steam Market Thought Piece includes a separate file of interactive Tableau dashboards that will allow clients to analyze the Steam dataset on their own. This report is complimentary for IDG Premium and IDG Primary Subscribers but can be purchased individually from our online store here: IDG Research Store. If you are interested in IDG’s services, please email Yoshio Osaki at yoshio@idgconsulting.com or call our main office at (415) 674-4600.

  • IDG Publishes Global Forecast Update – May 2017

    This publication covers Q1 2017 performance of the console/retail markets for the US, Western Europe and Japan and provides an update on our 5-year forecast. Topics covered in this publication include:

    • IDG commentary on the launch performance of the Nintendo Switch and its software
    • Analysis of the latest trends affecting the console market including physical attach rate decline, the Games as a Service model, and the rise of special edition SKUs
    • Hardware and software performance summaries, along with top publishers and titles for the US, Western Europe and Japan
    • IDG’s industry model in Excel format accompanied by summary of changes made to the IDG forecast by platform and country/territory
  • IDG Publishes Q1 2017 Quarterly Digital Report – May 2017

    This report covers IDG insights into the Mobile, Digital PC and Digital Console gaming categories, digital forecast and rationales by segment, segment spotlights, and an updated 5-year forecast. Topics include:

    • Analysis of changes to Apple and Google policies for the iOS App Store and Google Play Store
    • Insights into the performance of the shooter genre on mobile and its market potential for the future
    • Discussion of new and upcoming PC cloud gaming solutions from Nvidia and LiquidSky
    • A closer look at the digital services console platform holders are working to develop and the challenges they are creating for physical retailers
  • IDG Publishes 2017 State of the Industry White Paper and Spotlight on Emerging Markets

    IDG’s Annual White Paper is the definitive data and research resource on the entire global gaming market for any company invested in the games industry. This report explores key trends and provides IDG’s outlook for over 20 of the top gaming markets. IDG’s industry model is also included with this report in Excel format. Topics covered in this publication include:

    • A look back at local trends and performance in 2016 by territory, including the emerging markets of Russia, Poland, Southeast Asia, Australia/New Zealand, India, Latin America, Middle East/North Africa, and Turkey
    • Analysis and insights for the console, PC, and mobile gaming segments, including granular 5-year forecasts for each market
    • An overview of major industry disruptors, including Twitch’s initiative to sell games, new trends in eSports, and Xbox’s digital subscription service
    • A thoughtful look at the viability of VR, with an in-depth look at its rise in China and lessons learned from the country

    This report is complimentary for IDG Premium and IDG Primary Subscribers but can be purchased individually from our online store here: IDG Research Store.  If you are interested in IDG’s services, please email Yoshio Osaki at yoshio@idgconsulting.com or call our main office at (415) 674-4600.

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