Cloud gaming is a form of video game streaming that allows players to play games on their devices through an internet connection, without the need for dedicated gaming hardware or local installation of games. In cloud gaming, games are stored and run on remote servers, and the player's device only needs to send inputs and receive streaming video and audio output. Cloud gaming services often require a subscription fee and offer a library of games for users to choose from, with the ability to play games on demand. The market for cloud gaming has been growing in recent years, with the proliferation of high-speed internet connections and advancements in cloud computing technology.
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Subscription for Cloud Gaming platforms, such as GeForce Now
In-game purchases from Cloud Gaming games, such as game pass
Revenues from digital video games, such as sold video games
Revenues from in-game purchases, such as in-game spending in Fortnite
Revenue from physical video games, such as buying games in stores
The cloud gaming market has been experiencing significant growth in recent years, with more and more gamers turning to cloud-based solutions as an alternative to traditional gaming. Major players such as Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are investing heavily in cloud gaming services, and new companies are also entering the market. This competition is driving innovation and leading to new features, games, and pricing models.
Cloud gaming is becoming an increasingly popular choice for gamers due to several key factors. Firstly, the ability to access a wide variety of games without the need for expensive hardware is a major draw. This not only saves gamers money, but it also allows them to try out games without committing to a large investment. Secondly, the convenience factor is significant. With cloud gaming, players can play their favorite games on any device with an internet connection, whether it be a phone, tablet, or computer. This flexibility allows gamers to play on the go or easily switch between devices. Another growth factor for cloud gaming is the advancements in streaming technology. With reduced latency and higher frame rates, cloud gaming is becoming a more seamless and immersive experience.
According to our research, the cloud gaming market is projected to see substantial growth in the coming years. By 2027, the market size is expected to reach US$18.71 billion, with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 48.12%.
Figures are based on subscription spending, consumer spending, investment, and funding data.
Modeling approach / Market size:
Market sizes are determined by a Top-Down approach, based on a specific rationale for each market market. As a basis for evaluating markets, we use reports, third-party studies, research companies. Next we use relevant key market indicators and data from country-specific associations such as GDP, consumer spending, internet penetration and cloud revenues. This data helps us to estimate the market size for each country individually.
In our forecasts, we apply diverse forecasting techniques. The selection of forecasting techniques is based on the behavior of the particular market. For example, the S-curve function and exponential trend smoothing are well suited to forecast digital products and services due to the non-linear growth of technology adoption. The main drivers are consumer spending per capita, level of digitalization, and cloud revenues.
The market is updated twice per year in case market dynamics change. GCS data is unbiased for representativeness.