Video game sales fell to $443 milllion in July, representing a drop of 19% from the same time a year earlier, according to a newly released report from researcher the NPD Group.
Hardware sales declined a more precipitous 34% to $99 million in July, from $150.9 million in the prior year, as the consumers wait for the introduction this year of
The sales of physical goods — hardware, software and accessories — now account for roughly half what consumers spend on games, according to NPD analyst Liam Callahan. Total spending rises to an estimated $1.2 billion when considering projections of how much consumers spent to rent games, buy used titles, download apps for mobile devices or on micro-transactions, he said.
Among software titles,
In terms of spending on game accessories, the industry is seeing growth in spending on subsciption cards, compared with a year ago.
"This is partly driven by fewer games at retail throughout 2013," said Callahan. "This becomes especially true during the summer where launch slates are lighter."
Top-selling game titles for July 2013 are as follows:
2. "Minecraft" from Microsoft Corp.
3. "The Last of Us" from Sony Corp.
4. "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" from
5. "Animal Crossing: New Leaf" from Nintendo
6. "Far Cry 3" from Ubisoft
7. "Battlefield 3" from Electronic Arts
8. "Injustice: Gods Among Us" from
9. "NBA 2K13" from Take 2 Interactive