GVR Report cover Cloud Gaming Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Cloud Gaming Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Type (File Streaming, Video Streaming), By Device, By Gamer Type, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2021 - 2027

  • Published Date: Jan, 2021
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2020
  • Report ID: GVR-4-68038-847-3
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2016 - 2019
  • Number of Pages: 120

Report Overview

The global cloud gaming market size was valued at USD 0.47 billion in 2020. It is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 48.2% from 2021 to 2027. The rising popularity of cloud gaming along with the prevalence of enhanced cross-platform gameplay, which improves gaming experience, is anticipated to drive market growth. The increasing penetration of internet services and easy access to games on the cloud are also contributing to the growing demand for cloud gaming. Additionally, network infrastructure developments such as 5G offer lower latency and higher bandwidth, which enables gamers to seamlessly stream XR (augmented reality and virtual reality) gaming. The proliferation of smartphones across the globe is further expected to drive the market growth.

U.S. cloud gaming market size, by type, 2016 - 2027 (USD Million)

Smartphone developers are focused on developing gaming smartphones to provide an enhanced gaming experience to gamers. For instance, in February 2020, Vivo Mobile Communication Co., Ltd. launched a gaming smartphone called iQOO 3. The smartphone is equipped with a Snapdragon 865 processor and 5G capabilities to offer a seamless and enhanced gaming experience to gamers.

The rising trend of social media games is anticipated to have a positive impact on market growth. A significant percentage of the global population spends time on social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Reddit to play games. Additionally, social networking firms are focusing on acquiring cloud game providers to offer various cloud games on social media platforms and improve engagement with customers. For instance, in December 2019, Facebook, Inc. acquired Playgiga, a cloud gaming service provider. Through the acquisition, the company intended to launch cloud gaming services on its platform to increase user engagement.

Cloud gaming enables users to play games through remote servers rather than installing a game on the computer or console, thereby eliminating storage issues and the need for buying the latest gaming PCs or consoles. Benefits offered by cloud gaming include scalability, improved speed, and better user insights. Cloud gaming also helps restructuring content on various smart devices, which improves the delivery of content across all mediums. These factors are anticipated to drive the market growth over the forecast period.

Accessing games that are streamed through the cloud requires a high-speed and uninterrupted internet connection. However, lack of proper network infrastructure, particularly in developing countries such as India, Brazil, Mexico, and Chile, causes fluctuating internet speed. This is likely to hamper the market growth. Cloud game providers are relying on third-parties for online payment processes, such as the Amazon-branded payment process, which involve the processing of electronic checks, debit card, and credit card. Failure of these services could adversely affect the operations of cloud game vendors.

COVID-19 Insights

The COVID-19 pandemic has positively impacted the growth of the cloud gaming market. The majority of the population is quarantined at home in the wake of the pandemic and search-engines are offering many interactive games on their homepage in an attempt to lure users. For instance, in April 2020, Google, Inc. launched a series of cloud-based doodles of its popular past games. The rising demand for entertainment during the quarantine period is also anticipated to boost the market growth. Vendors are taking initiatives to encourage cloud gaming while promoting social distancing. For instance, in April 2020, Google, Inc. removed the entry fee for the Stadia cloud gaming service, thus making video games available to users for free.

Type Insights

The video streaming segment dominated the market with a share of over 55% in 2020. Based on type, the market has been segmented into file streaming and video streaming. The demand for video streaming is increasing as it eliminates the need for additional hardware devices. Furthermore, video streaming services allow users to play games on any platform and from anywhere via the Internet.

The increasing focus of vendors on developing platforms that offer enhanced gaming experience is further anticipated to propel the segment growth. For instance, in November 2019, Google, Inc. launched Stadia, a cloud video game service. Stadia allows users to play console-based games on smartphones or web browsers. The demand for multiplayer games is also increasing rapidly as these games enable in-game communication and offer an improved gaming experience.

Device Insights

The gaming consoles segment dominated the market with a share of over 50% in 2020 and is expected to maintain its dominance over the forecast period. Benefits such as high-end sound systems and displays, which offer a rich and improved gaming experience to users, are expected to drive the demand for gaming consoles. Furthermore, console manufacturers are introducing new gaming devices that are compatible with the latest specifications based on gamers’ demands, while enhancing the gameplay experience. Based on the device, the market has been segmented into smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, PCs and laptops, smart TVs, and head-mounted displays.

The PCs and laptops segment is anticipated to record considerable growth over the forecast period. Gaming PCs enable users to customize them according to their gaming needs. PC gaming is also more affordable compared to console gaming as the resources needed to compile games on PCs are freely available. These factors are further anticipated to drive the growth of the PCs and laptops segment. Furthermore, cloud game developers are focusing on developing gaming services that can be run on all PCs and laptops. For instance, in February 2020, Nvidia Corporation launched GeForce Now, a cloud gaming service that allows users to play games on all types of PCs and laptops.

Gamer Type Insights

The casual gamers segment dominated the market with a share of over 51% in 2020 and is further expected to maintain its dominance over the forecast period. This is attributable to the cost-effectiveness and convenience offered by cloud gaming. Furthermore, continuous enhancements in 5G network services and the introduction of 5G smartphones are expected to increase the demand for cloud gaming among casual gamers over the forecast period. Based on gamer type, the market has been segmented into casual gamers, avid gamers, and lifestyle gamers.

Europe cloud gaming market share, by gamer type, 2020 (%)

The growing popularity of eSports tournaments across the globe and the rising number of eSports competitions that offer millions of prize money to the winners are driving the growth of the casual gamers segment over the forecast period. For instance, in July 2019, Epic Games organized a Fortnite World Cup, in which over 40 million players participated. The company announced USD 3 million prize money for solo and duo winners. The majority of the population is quarantined in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, which has increased the number of casual gamers globally, thus contributing to the segment growth.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific dominated the market with a share of over 40% in 2020. The growing penetration of smartphones and rising demand for entertainment across the region is expected to drive the market growth. Cloud providers are partnering with cloud game service providers to launch cloud gaming services in the region. For instance, in September 2019, Alibaba Cloud, a subsidiary of Alibaba Group Holding Limited, partnered with Ubitus Inc. to launch a cloud gaming solution on the Alibaba cloud platform. The new solution enables users to provide an enhanced gaming experience to gamers in China.

North America is anticipated to record considerable growth over the forecast period. This growth can be attributed to the presence of key vendors such as Google, Inc.; Apple Inc.; Microsoft Corporation; and International Business Machines Corporation in the region. These vendors are continuously working toward offering enhanced gaming experience to users through their innovative products and solutions. For instance, in November 2019, Apple Inc. launched a video game subscription service called Apple Arcade for iPadOS, iOS, macOS, and tvOS.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Key players that dominated the market in 2020 include Amazon.Com, Inc.; Microsoft Corporation; Apple Inc.; Alphabet Inc.; International Business Machines Corporation; and NVIDIA Corporation. Market players are engaging in partnerships, new product developments, and mergers & acquisitions to strengthen their position in the market. For instance, in December 2019, Tencent partnered with a chip designer company called NVIDIA Corporation to launch cloud gaming in China. Through the partnership, the company planned to launch Start, a cloud game streaming service in China. Start provides gamers with access to AAA games on underpowered devices anywhere and at any time.

Prominent market players are emphasizing investments in research and development activities to develop advanced products and solutions to gain a competitive edge in the market. For instance, in 2019, International Business Machines Corporation invested around 8% of its total revenue in research & development activities to develop advanced products and solutions. The company’s research team focuses on developing solutions in the fields of artificial intelligence, cloud, robotics, and security. Some prominent players operating in the global cloud gaming market include:

  • Amazon Web Services Inc.

  • Apple, Inc.

  • Electronic Arts, Inc.

  • Google Inc.

  • Intel Corporation

  • International Business Machines Corporation

  • Microsoft Corporation

  • NVIDIA Corporation

  • Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC

  • Ubitus Inc.

Cloud Gaming Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2021

USD 0.68 billion

Revenue forecast in 2027

USD 7.24 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 48.2% from 2021 to 2027

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2016 - 2019

Forecast period

2021 - 2027

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2021 to 2027

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Type, device, gamer type, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; MEA

Country scope

U.S; Canada; U.K.; Germany; China; India; Japan; Brazil

Key companies profiled

Amazon Web Services Inc.; Apple, Inc.; Electronic Arts, Inc.; Google Inc.; Intel Corporation; International Business Machines Corporation; Microsoft Corporation; NVIDIA Corporation; Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC; Ubitus Inc.

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2027. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global cloud gaming market report based on type, device, gamer type, and region:

  • Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2016 - 2027)

    • File Streaming

    • Video Streaming

  • Device Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2016 - 2027)

    • Smartphones

    • Tablets

    • Gaming Consoles

    • PCs & Laptops

    • Smart TVs

    • Head-Mounted Displays

  • Gamer Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2016 - 2027)

    • Casual Gamers

    • Avid Gamers

    • Lifestyle Gamers

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2016 - 2027)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa (MEA)

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