The NDP Group revealed the anual video game sales report and released information regarding the health of the gaming industry for the year 2013. Turns out the video game market is up a sub-2% from 2012's consumer report and US consumers have recorded $15.39 billion in total sales in the video game department. This includes video games sold; both physical, digital, and rentals as well as any associated hardware like consoles and GPUs.
While it's great news to see our industry still going strong in the upward direction, the most interesting news come from the sales breakdown. Turns out the physical sales of games were down 11% this year from the last. What offset the difference was the increased amount of hardware sold but most importantly, the 5% increase in digital sales from the 13 years-old and up demographic. The offset was enough to push the industry to a sub-2% increase in net worth, which has happened year-by-year for quite some time now anyways, at least in The United States.
Guess the consumer report sort of shows a push in the digital direction. I suppose that's why Microsoft wants to remove the disc drive from the Xbox One, heh. Still, while we're here, why don't you comment on how much you spent on video games! Ok... too personal. How about your biggest gaming purchase? Yehhh. That will do.