Tuesday, February 13, 2007

2006 Game Sales Stats

For what it's worth, and since we cannot analyze the raw data, Next Gen has released (printable) some game sales stats for 2006 (I don't believe this includes any casual game stats). The source of the data is NPD and some other places. I have to ask why it is that I know the precise cost associated with movie production (and also box-office and DVD returns), but game production costs are shrouded in a black hole? Data needs to be free!

A few tidbits:
  • PC games are almost nowhere to be found
  • Most games are released in November, while the least number are released in December and January
  • Nintendo's DS is a surprisingly robust platform
  • Madden kills all
The comments on Digg indicate the stats may be suspect though. Check this chart from vgcharts for example.


Ross Scott said...

Well, check out [URL=http://www.gamespot.com/pages/forums/show_msgs.php?topic_id=24525221]this action[/URL] for the PC side of things for this year.

bllius said...

That list is nice (I've seen it before). But what I'm really hoping for is for the industry to provide more of the raw data on expenses/profits.

At least we know PC gaming is not dead.