PC downloads worth $1bn in 2009

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The value of the PC digital distribution will comfortably sail past the $1bn barrier this year.

According to Dorian Bloch, the business group director of GfK-ChartTrack - who was speaking on a panel discussion at this week's Develop conference in Brighton - 2009 sales of games through the likes of Steam, Direct2Drive and other download services will have pushed the total past that watershed number.

And that's growth in the market of almost 200% - according to Bloch, the market was approximately worth $600m in 2008.

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