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For those who like to keep up on the state of the gaming industry and the financial machinations happening behind the scenes, IDC has a writeup that not only includes concrete shipment numbers from years’ past but also outlines some educated predictions as to what sorts of figures the industry could see as it moves toward the year 2025.
Gaming PCs saw shipments of 41.3 million units back in 2020. That figure is expected to balloon to 52.3 million units in 2025.
As to why the increase is predicted to be so large? Here’s one piece of evidence IDC uses to come to such conclusions in its report: In the second quarter of 2021, a combined total of 15.6 million gaming PCs and monitors were shipped, which is a 19.3% increase over the second quarter of 2020 (2Q20). That trend shows no signs of slowing, meaning growth is anticipated to continue, at least for the next half-decade.
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In the 2020-25 timeframe, monitors are expected to boost shipment volumes from the 2020 total of 14.2 million units to 26.4 million in 2025.
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