“A dying PC shop is in a frenzy” There are no empty seats… Suddenly, something happens.
The release of “Diablo 4,” often referred to as the “devil’s game토토사이트,” is causing a stir among PC shops that are on the verge of going out of business. The number of users visiting PC centers to play Diablo 4 has increased significantly.
In some cases, it’s been hard to find an empty seat since the release of Diablo 4. The pandemic and the lack of new games have pushed PC shops to the brink of closure, but one game is saving them.
PCC occupancy rate ranking as of Aug. 8 [Image captured from GameTrix official website].
According to PC PC game statistics service GameTrix, Diablo 4’s PC occupancy rate (as of the 8th) was 8.64%, ranking third among all games. This is just three days after its official release on June 6. On launch day, Diablo 4 had a 6.5 percent share, a 2 percentage point increase in three days.
According to TheLog, another PC gaming statistics service, the game also had a high share during its “early access” period, when only a limited portion of users had access to the game. In the first week of June, which included the early access period, Diablo 4 jumped to No. 12 on the list.
The high price of the game’s package is one of the reasons why Diablo 4 users are flocking to PCs. Diablo 4 is available in three different packages, including the Ultimate Edition for 136,400 won, the Digital Deluxe Edition for 129,000 won, and the Basic Edition for 84,500 won. If you are hesitant or unable to afford the high price, you may want to look for a PC shop.
Fans line up at Burger King Seolleung Station to purchase a promotional set to commemorate the release of Diablo 4 on May 5. [Reporter Lee Young-gi/20ki@]
A 40-something office worker who came to the event to receive an in-game item card said, “Spending 80,000 won is not a small amount. Considering the specifications of my computer, I don’t plan to buy the game directly,” he said, adding, “I plan to register for an item card at a PC shop.”
On the first day of the official release (June 6), the share of Diablo 4 in a PC shop went up to 30%. [Captured from NAVER Cafe’s ‘PC Café Customers’ Club’].
PC shop owners are excited. A PC shop owner in Sinchon, Seodaemun-gu said, “Euro games like Dia 4 are available for 50 minutes instead of an hour for 1,000 won, so users don’t just play for 1-2 hours. They are very welcome customers who increase the PC shop’s revenue in a short time.”
“I heard that there are already about 10 fixed seats for Diablo 4 in an acquaintance’s store,” said a PC shop owner in Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si. “It’s slightly different by region, but there are more Diablo players in stores with customers in their 30s and older than in stores with customers in their 20s.”
Meanwhile, according to the “2022 Korea Game White Paper” published by the Korea Creative Content Agency in January, the number of PC PCs nationwide has dropped from 21,547 in 2009 (according to Statistics Korea) to 9265 as of 2021 (according to the National Tax Service).
That’s more than half in less than a decade. PCC owners cite labor costs and game fees as the main reasons for the deterioration. It will be interesting to see if the release of the global mega-game “Diablo 4” will revitalize PCCs.