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NPD: 5% Industry Decline

NPD's data for January shows overall revenue for the game industry down 5% compared with January 2010, reports Gamasutra. Word is: "New retail sales of video game hardware, software and accessories totaled $1.16 billion for the month. With PC sales excluded, the industry drew a total of $1.14 billion in revenue, down 4 percent from the year before." They also note: "Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops was the best selling new retail title for the third month in a row in January, after selling over 12 million units across five separate platforms in 2010." They also offer a list of the ten bestselling titles for the month of January:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision Blizzard) - Xbox 360, PS3, Wi, DS, PC
  2. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft) - Wii
  3. Dead Space 2 (Electronic Arts) - Xbox 360, PS3, PC
  4. Little Big Planet 2 (Sony) - PS3
  5. Zumba Fitness: Join the Party (Majesco) - Wii, Xbox 360, PS3
  6. NBA 2K11 (Take-Two Interactive) - Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, Wii, PS2, PC
  7. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft) - Xbox 360, PS3
  8. Dance Central (MTV Games) - Xbox 360
  9. Michael Jackson The Experience (Ubisoft) - Wii, DS, PSP
  10. DC Universe Online: The Next Legend Is You (Sony) - PS3, PC

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17. Re: NPD: 5% Industry Decline Feb 18, 2011, 03:22 Draugr
|RaptoR| wrote on Feb 18, 2011, 01:35:
1,160,000,000 = total revenue for the month
1,140,000,000 = excluding PC sales
20,000,000 = PC sales


wow. that's pretty dismal, even if they are skewed numbers. no wonder devs flock to consoles

To be fair, this is retail only, which the PC market has less to do with each passing day.

Recently Forbes ran an article on Gabe Newell/Valve;
"The 250-person company releases no financials but, according to Newell, is "tremendously profitable." Ed Barton, a games analyst at IHS Screen Digest, estimates that Valve's revenue in 2010 was in the "high hundreds of millions of dollars." (A 2005 FORBES story on Valve had the company grossing $70 million with a fat $55 million in operating profit.)"

And Valve/Steam is only one player in the digital market (probably the largest, though)

While there are things to consider beyond just game sales themselves, it would appear this doesn't paint a clear picture of the PC games market, unsurprisingly.

This comment was edited on Feb 18, 2011, 04:17.
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