PC GAMING


pcAs the world waits for the next generation of consoles to hit the market, the PC demographic saw plenty of activity this year. The platform has seen 27.7 million titles sold at retail in 2012, with digital distribution going leaps and bounds beyond that. Diablo III stood out as the strongest PC title at retail this year, with 2.83 million copies sold. Guild Wars 2 was another successful title to hit the market, with 1.45 million purchases. Other notable releases this year, such as World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, helped boost sales, while free-to-play games like Dota 2, PlanetScape 2, League of Legends and Star Wars: The Old Republic saw a great influx of player volume. The popular online distribution service Steam managed to serve approximately 5.8 million users concurrently, with the majority of its player base attributed to Dota 2. Steam also initiated the Green light program that put games up for sale on their service based on customer feedback, and extended its services to provide programs for computers as well. In similar news, EA’s fledgling Origin service has announced it will soon begin putting up third-party titles for sale online on its service, taking the Origin platform into new and interesting directions.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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