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  • IDG Publishes Q1 2018 Digital Report – May 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:


    • State of the core vs. casual mobile gaming audience
    • Continued coverage on emerging mobile battle royale titles
    • Increasing investment in location-based AR and narrative-driven games
    • Discussion of mobile games for social platforms like Facebook Instant Games

    Digital PC

    • Discussion of Amazon’s strategy for the PC market
    • Emergence of third-party support for EA’s Origin Access subscription service


    • Analysis of trends seen in Steam tags
    • Implications for Steam’s strengthened privacy rules for data mining solutions like Steam Spy

    Digital Console

    • Implications for Fortnite’s growth for traditional AAA publishers
    • Update on regulatory and consumer backlash for loot box mechanics
    • Initial performance from Sea of Thieves, a Microsoft-exclusive title that was the first day and date launch for Xbox Game Pass
    • Comparison for each platform holders’ indie strategy
    • Discussion of growth in the Open World genre over linear single player games

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

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