The consumer market research group the NPD Group has released its findings on video game sales in 2013 and the numbers are staggering. We spent a whopping $15.39 billion, with a B. The industry as a whole saw a 1% increase while the release of the Next-Gen systems helped pushed console sales up by 5%. Digital gaming, including everything from game downloads, to DLCs, add-ons, social networking games, and app-based mobile games had the biggest cumulative share with $7.22 billion.
XBox One beat out PS4 last year in America but Sony claims they hold the title for cumulative sales globally. CoD:Ghosts and Battlefield 4 are top dogs in software and AC:Black Flag was close behind. GTA 5 was the reigning champ as far as total software sales.
Annual 2013 Top Ten Games (New Physical Retail)
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Call Of Duty: Ghosts
- Madden NFL 25
- Battlefield 4
- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
- NBA 2K14
- Call of Duty: Black Ops II
- Just Dance 2014
- Disney Infinity
The big number here is the amount of players over the age of 13 who purchased digital games and content. A whopping 36% of those players bought a DLC, add-on, or some other form of digital game. I’d wager that that number will greatly increase if not double next year. Especially since the second I insert a new game from the store I have 114 offers for DLCs, add-ons, character upgrades, etc, etc.