PORT WASHINGTON, NEW YORK, January 17, 2006 – According to leading marketing information provider, The NPD Group, annual 2005 U.S. retail sales of PC game software saw sales figures reach $953 million, a 14 percent decrease compared to the $1.1 billion generated in 2004.
PC game software unit sales were down 19 percent for the year, totaling 38 million units vs. 47 million units sold in 2004.
“While we have seen retail sales of PC games decrease for several years now, we know from talking to consumers about their online gaming behaviors that playing games on the PC, whether it's via online casual sites or through MMO subscription play, has been increasing,” said Anita Frazier, industry analyst, The NPD Group. “As a result, NPD will be launching its new definition of the U.S. PC game market this spring which will include a combination of sales from retail, downloads, and both casual and MMO subscription revenues. We expect this will add significant dollars to the PC game market size.”
| Annual 2005 Top 10 PC Game Titles
Ranked by Units Sold
|Title||Publisher||Intro. Date|| Average Price
|World Of Warcraft||Vivendi Universal||Nov-04||$47|
|The Sims 2: University Expansion Pack||Electronic Arts||Feb-05||$33|
|The Sims 2||Electronic Arts||Sep-04||$45|
|Roller Coaster Tycoon 3||Atari||Oct-04||$30|
|Battlefield 2||Electronic Arts||Jun-05||$48|
|The Sims 2 Nightlife Expansion Pack||Electronic Arts||Sep-05||$32|
|MS Age Of Empires III||Microsoft||Oct-05||$47|
|The Sims Deluxe||Electronic Arts||Sep-02||$19|
|Call Of Duty 2||Activision||Oct-05||$46|
|Source: The NPD Group / Point-of-Sale|
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