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Video Game Market
Changing Competitive Equation

  • Publication Date:July 2007
  • Publisher:Koncept Analytics
  • Product Type: Report
  • Pages:30

Video Game Market Changing Competitive Equation

The video game industry has continued to evolve with each passing cycle because of its unique characteristics of being seasonal as well as cyclical. As a result of these characteristics, companies like Sony Corp, Nintendo and Microsoft launch new consoles every few years that are followed by a slew of new games from the software publishers.

With the introduction of innovative products comes the benefit as the video game industry has grown by 50% in the period 2004 to 2006. The growth in this market is driven by the increased hours of video game consumption that are taking time away from other forms of entertainment, including radio, recorded music, daily newspapers, consumer magazines, and consumer books.

Also, survey suggests that nearly half of the U.S. population have played videogames. But besides growth in the developed economies, gaming console market is also seeing huge adoption in the emerging economies especially BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries.

With increasing adoption, preferred channels for purchasing video games have changed over the years - consumers are more attracted towards mass merchants and consumer electronic stores for their purchases now.

The competitive landscape of the video game industry has also changed with Nintendo and Microsoft threatening the dominance of Sony. In the next generation video game market, Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Nintendo's Wii are major improvements over their respective prior video game console offerings, and for the first time in nearly a decade create respectable alternatives to Sony's video game consoles.

As a fallout of the changing scenario, it is likely that by the year 2008, video game console market will be evenly divided between the Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony consoles, with Nintendo taking the lead beyond 2008.

The report is a study of the global video game market covering the growth of the industry over the years. It analyses the changing consumption pattern for this format of entertainment among the different age groups in different regions. The share of the current generation of video game and the next generation has been analyzed and also the market positioning of the leading brands assessed. The report also highlights the challenges faced by the leading players and the potential that lies in the online gaming space.

  • 1. Market Overview
    • 1.1 Market Size and Growth
    • 1.2 Growth of Video Game Industry by Geography
      • United States
      • Europe
      • Japan
      • Rest of the World
    • 1.3 Video Game versus Movies-Most preferred Entertainment Source?
  • 2. Supply Chain of the Video Game Industry: Major Stakeholders
  • 3. Game Console Hardware Market
  • 4. Game console Software market
  • 5. Market Trends
    • Old gamers' interest continues to rise
    • Rise of casual games
    • Favorable demographics - Increasing youth and longevity
    • Teenage girls also a large targeted segment
  • 6. Sales Channels for Video Game
  • 7. Market Challenges
    • Hardware pricing affects console sales
    • Short period life cycle
    • Dependence on selected sales channels
    • New entrants pose serious challenges
    • Consoles generally sold at a loss in the early life cycle
  • 8. Competitive Landscape: Current and Next Generation
  • 9. Company Analysis
    • 9.1 Sony
      • 9.1.1 Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3)
      • 9.1.2 PS3 - Market Positioning
    • 9.2 Nintendo
      • 9.2.1 Nintendo Wii
      • 9.2.2 Wii - Market Positioning
    • 9.3 Microsoft
      • 9.3.1 Microsoft Xbox
      • 9.3.2 Xbox - Market Positioning
  • 10. Online Gaming - Providing potential revenue source
  • 11. Market Forecast
  • Table and Figures
  • Figures
    • Figure 1.1 Global video game industry sales: 2000-2006
    • Figure 1.2: Global Video Game Market Share by Geography - 2006
    • Figure 1.3: Revenue Comparison: Video Game versus Box Office: 2000-06
    • Figure 3.1 Global Video Game Hardware Industry Sales: 2004-06
    • Figure 3.2: Gaming Consoles - Comparison of US, Europe & Japan: 2006-08
    • Figure 3.3: US Game Console Hardware Market: Feb'07
    • Figure 4.1: Global Video Game Software Industry Sales: 2004-06
    • Figure 5.1: Video Game playing by age group - Survey Findings
    • Figure 6.1 US Video Game Sales by Channels: 2004-06
    • Figure 8.1: Video Game Current Generation Market Share
    • Figure 8.2: Video Game Next Generation Market Share
    • Figure 11.1: Global Video Game Industry Sales: 2006-10
  • Tables
    • Table I: Percentage Share of Global game console hardware market: 2005 & 2010
    • Table II: US - Average time/week adult gamers play games
    • Table III: Most Popular Videogame Titles - 2006
    • Table IV: US children's video game playing by age group and gender - 2007
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