PC Games Add $1 Billion to Record Gains

NPD Group announces that computer games were responsible for $1 billion worth of overall gaming sales in 2006, a turnaround for the segment

Following the recent news that the video game industry reached an all-new high in 2006, posting $12.5 billion in sales including portable and console hardware, software and accessories, The NPD Group has revealed that when factoring in the PC game industry, the total game industry in the U.S. during 2006 posted close to $13.5 billion in sales. That represents an 18 percent increase over 2005, and a 15 percent increase over 2002, which held the previous record.

NPD said that PC game sales showed some signs of growth during 2006, as the PC game industry posted revenues in excess of $970 million (an increase of about one percent). Factoring in PC game sales, total industry software sales were up 6 percent to $7.4 billion, from $7.0 billion in 2005.

"It's refreshing to see an increase in retail sales of PC games after having experienced a few years of declines," commented Anita Frazier, industry analyst, The NPD Group. "With revenues from digital downloads and subscriptions on the rise as well, the pc games segment of the industry remains healthy."

NPD also provided two new data charts. The top ten games for all formats (combined SKUs) except PC for 2006, as sorted by unit sales, were:

  1. Madden NFL 07 (incl. Hall of Fame ed.)—EA
  2. Cars—THQ
  3. Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy—LucasArts
  4. NCAA Football 07—EA
  5. New Super Mario Bros.—Nintendo
  6. Need for Speed: Most Wanted—EA
  7. Gears of War (incl. collector's)—Microsoft
  8. Call Of Duty 3—Activision
  9. Lego Star Wars—LucasArts
  10. Fight Night Round 3—EA

The top selling PC games for 2006 (sorted by units) were:

  1. World of Warcraft (incl. collector's)—Vivendi
  2. The Sims 2—EA
  3. The Sims 2 Open For Business Expansion Pack—EA
  4. Star Wars: Empire At War—LucasArts
  5. The Sims 2 Pets Expansion Pack—EA
  6. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (incl. collector's)—Take-Two
  7. MS Age Of Empires III (incl. collector's)—Microsoft
  8. The Sims 2 Family Fun Stuff Expansion Pack—EA
  9. Civilization IV—Take-Two
  10. The Sims 2 Nightlife Expansion Pack—EA
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