US spending on gaming software falls

6 September 2013

North Americans spent $2.88 billion (€2.19 billion) on gaming software in the second quarter of 2013, according to research firm NPD Group’s quarterly Games Market Dynamics report for the US.

The figure represented a 3% fall year-on-year, with $1.77 billion of digital sales – including subscriptions, full-game downloads, add-on content plus mobile and social games – accounting for more than 61% of the business.

New material games accounted for $769 million, with used sales and rental revenues totalling $343 million.

“Increases in digital format spending offset nearly all the losses from the declines in physical format spending, with digital full game downloads and downloadable content spending experiencing a combined 27% increase when compared to the second quarter of 2012,” NPD analyst Liam Callahan said.

“Spending increases occurred across both video games and PC games in the digital format.”