We all know that high-end gaming displays are expensive, but holy hell are they beautiful to game on - especially in games like Overwatch, CS:GO, Battlefield 1, and more - when you're hitting that 144Hz+ mark, it's amazing.
ASUS has been running the gaming monitor market for a while now, but things will be changing in a big way in 2017. Right now, ASUS is the largest vendor of gaming monitors with 35% of the market, while BenQ has around 22-24%, and Acer with 17-19%. Worldwide LCD shipments hit 120 million units in 2015, and are expected to reach the same point in 2016 - but in 2015, the 144Hz gaming monitor shipments reached 550,000 - 600,000 units.
144Hz gaming monitors are expected to shift from the 600K units shipped in 2015 to a huge 1.2 million in 2016 - and while this represents just 1% of the total 120 million LCD monitor shipments, the average selling price (ASP) of gaming displays is much higher, so there are lots of profits in this market. DigiTimes is reporting that according to vendors current orders, worldwide gaming monitor shipments are expected to reach 2.5 million units in 2017, and a massive 3.5 million in 2018.
DigiTimes continues: "The mainstream size is 21.5-inch for the traditional monitor segment, while 23- to 24-inch is the second most popular size. For gaming monitors, 24-inch models priced between US$299-499 account for 70% of overall shipments, followed by 27-inch models priced between US$349-899 and 34- to 35-inch models. Products with displays larger than 35-inch may see demand growth, mainly contributed by North America and Europe".
As for curved LCD monitor market, shipments didn't increase all that much in 2016, but they're expected to grow significantly throughout 2017.