PC Gaming Has Exploded In Japan

PC gaming is quickly becoming one of the dominant forms of entertainment in Japan. According to data from KADOKAWA ASCII Research Laboratories, last year, the overall gaming market in the country was valued at roughly $13.7 billion. Based on this information, we can conclude that PC gaming made up about 6.5% ($896 million) of the Japanese video game sector.

KADOKAWA ASCII is reporting that the Japanese PC gaming market has almost doubled since 2018. Additionally, the number of PC gamers in the country has grown from 11 million people in 2015 to 16 million gamers in 2021 (a 45% increase).

On top of that, more people in Japan are committing themselves to PC gaming experiences. In 2015, the number of PC-exclusive gamers in Japan was 2.2 million people. Since then, that number has more than doubled to 4.5 million people in 2021.

Kantan Games‘ Dr. Serkan Toto identified many factors that have caused this boom in PC gaming. The COVID-19 Pandemic is partly responsible for the country’s spike in computer gaming. Another factor is the lack of available PS5s.

“I believe the trend to a bigger PC game industry in Japan will continue in the next several years,” Dr. Toto wrote. “For foreign PC game makers specifically, there can be no doubt it has never been simpler to enter the Japanese market than today.”

(All information was provided by Kantan Games)

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