According to a report the TrendForce's LCD market division, WitsView, shipments of gaming monitors could grow to 5.1 million units in 2018, doubling 2017's shipments. The report defines "gaming monitors" as monitors with a refresh rate over 100hz, and cites particularly strong growth in China. Asus is still the industry leader in sales, followed by Acer, AOC and Samsung, while BenQ dropped out of their position in the top 4 last year. The report notes that the gaming monitor market still has "high gross margins," which means than manufacturers are getting away with hefty markups, but notes that curved monitors with a "high performance-price ratio" are gaining popularity. For the whole gaming market, the market share of curved models has surpassed 50% in 2018, due to the strong demand for SDC curved gaming monitors from China. On the supply front, SDC is also willing to offer attractive prices to drive demand and shipment further. Other than leading brands, MSI and HKC have also benefited from the trend of curved gaming monitors this year, registering impressive shipments. The share of curved models in the gaming sector is expected to be 54%, up from 23% last year. In comparison, the share of flat LCD models is projected to be 46%, down from 77% last year.