C is more for the hobbyist who is working with a small team (or just himself), because you're not usually dealing with a complex application, i.e., you're making Pong.
Some of the largest software codebases in the world are written in C. C is not for hobbyest game projects (arguably that is what C# is for). C is for complex systems level development that deal with problems that languages like C++, Java and C# are not best suited for.
C is certainly not "C++ without all the hard bits" ;)
You may be well aware of this, I just wanted to emphasise this point in case someone starts learning C because they believe it is the easier of the languages beginning with the letter 'C'.