China will have around 354 million PC online gamers in 2023, surpassing the population of the United States, according a report released by game research company Niko Partners.

In 2018, China had around 312 million PC online gamers, a quarter of whom spend money in games, according to the report. Their in-game purchases drove total domestic PC online game revenue for 2018 to $15.21 billion, more than half of the global total in this segment. In 2019, revenue from PC online games is projected to reach $16 billion in China.

Mobile game users and revenue already exceed those of PC online games, and its growth will outpace PC in the next five years, the report says. The number of mobile gamers in China is forecasted to reach 728 million in 2023, accounting for approximately half of the country’s population. This is largely due to the fact that mobile game market penetration is approaching saturation: 95% of gamers in China play mobile games.

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Tony Xu

Tony Xu is Shanghai-based tech reporter. Connect with him via e-mail: tony.xu@technode.com