PC retail games sales dip in 2007

By on January 25, 2008, 8:57 AM
More NPD figures released today reveal that the entire video game industry hit a new record in 2007 with $18.85 billion at US retail alone. Only $910.7 million of that, however, was attributed to PC games – that’s down 6 percent from 2006’s $970 million take.

But should the PC games industry be worried by this $60 million drop? Well, not really. While the figures imply that PC gaming is a stagnant market, the PC games sales landscape is changing to one that is increasingly reliant on digital sources of revenue. The NPD Group doesn’t factor in digital download revenues from services like Steam, subscriptions from MMOs like the massively popular World of Warcraft or micro-transactions. That said, consoles still vastly overshadowed the PC crowd in terms of raw game sales at $6.6 billion.

NPD also revealed the top ten best selling retail PC titles of 2007. All but four of them were part of the World of Warcraft and The Sims 2 series, with WoW’s Burning Crusade expansion pack topping the list at 2.25 million copies. Other titles in the bunch include Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, Sim City 4 Deluxe, and Age of Empires III.

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icye said:
We need to realize that the numbers related to digital downloads of computer games added on to retail sales still will fall short compared to video game sales.I used to play a lot of computer games before when my wallet can afford to upgrade computer parts more frequently. Now with the sagging economy and bank balances shrinking, I don't see the value of spending resources to get my computer to meet the requirements to play today's games.
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