The lights are on
The video game industry tracking organization
says that sales on total video game content were the same as the first quarter
of a year ago, with digital content sales rising.
In the company's Games Market Dynamics: U.S. report, NPD revealed that a total of
$3.5 billion had been spent on game content in the first quarter of this year.
This figure consists of $1.37 billion spent on physical retail console and PC
games, $559 million on used and rental physical games, and $1.59 billion on
digital content (including full games, add-ons and expansion packs,
subscriptions, mobile games, and social games).
The total spend of $3.5 billion is actually
identical to the same quarter in 2012, although digital sales do make up a
bigger piece of the pie this year.
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All these NPD articles should have a giant asterisk next to them as they don't have access to good digital numbers. Many digital providers including Steam don't report to them.