Game Sales Down in November

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Figures for the video-game industry are showing that sales are down for the month of November, despite the record shattering release of the latest instalment in the Call of Duty series, Modern Warfare 2.

According to a Cnet report, sales for the month of November were seen to fall by 7.6%, with games bringing in fully $2.7 bilion dollars, a fairly significant drop from the $2.9 billion made last November. Still, analysts have been quick to point out that last November was itself a record breaker, and that last month was the second best November on record, so clearly things aren’t looking too grim for the games industry.

This news comes the week after Electronic Arts announced that it is to scale back its production of “big” titles in favour of released more causal and online only games. When it comes to “online only,” we can only assume that EA means that it’s to be releasing more half-browser-based titles like Battlefield Heroes, but for now the company hasn’t been too open with what it has in the works in that regard.

Regardless of software sales, it seems that hardware is going very well indeed, with Nintendo’s Wii (now considered to be “ailing” when it comes to sales) managing to push 1.26 million consoles out the door. By contrast, Microsoft’s Xbox 360, perhaps still being helped by a combination of price drops and users replacing banned consoles, managed to sell 819,500 machines. Sony’s PlayStation 3, by comparison, saw 710,400 sales.

It looks as though the recession hasn’t quite hit the games industry quite as hard as was initially predicted, though it’s surprising to see that game sales are still down, despite the release of Modern Warfare 2. Whether that says more about how poorly his November has gone or how well last November went is up for debate.

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7 Responses to “Game Sales Down in November”

  1. nutterguy Says:

    Probably because nobody else wanted to get trampled by the rush for MW2.
    Nobody likes to release their game either just before or after a big release as there is no way they can compete for the advertising, puplicity or even word of mouth.

    All I can say is January and Febuary are looking good and will probably be quite strong.

    Also why no mention of PC hardware, your definitly in a position to comment even if you don’t want to tell us how many graphics cards, or cases sold?
    Would be interesting to know.

    • komplettie Says:

      PC hardware can do very well from businesses, but certainly graphics cards are selling like hot cakes lately. It’s hard to know how much of that is due to the fact that ATI has been having trouble keeping up with demand lately, but it’s certainly creating a bit of a perfect storm for people trying to get PCs together in terms of business.

      The big reason PC hardware gets left out of games figures tends to be because of the fact that it’s quite hard to trace whether its going to gamers or people who have to buy high-end hardware for work reasons 😦

      • nutterguy Says:

        I can’t imagine that many non gamers spending more than €150 on a graphics card. This is of course excluding professional graphics cards but they start at about €1000 or more.

        So maybe an indicator of the PC gaming market would be the number of graphics cards sold between €150-€200 to €700

        If everyone used Steam this would be a lot easier. Steam hardware survey is certainly an excellent indicator.
        http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey

        Interestingly we are finally approaching the %50 DX10 compable mark.
        Then again 15% of steam users are still running at 1024 x 768. 😮

      • komplettie Says:

        Believe it or not, a friend of mine built a PC and spent the guts of €200 on a card, then decided that he had spent enough for one day and put off getting a new display.

        His old monitor maxes out at 1024 x 768, so he’s getting 150+ FPS and it all looks dreadful 😉

      • nutterguy Says:

        Ok… I hit reply to your last comment there… I broke your blog!
        Anything else I can do for you today?

      • komplettie Says:

        The really funny part is that it’s displaying alright in IE and FF here, but Safari hates it. No clue how to fix it either… if I can’t get someone else to sort it out I might just leave it and hope 😉

  2. nutterguy Says:

    I would definitly belive it but in no way understand it.
    I love every single one of my 4608000 pixels… (2x 1920×1200) 😉

    I had console playing friend round a few days ago and had to pick parts of his jaw off the floor when I showed him how CoD:MW2 should really look.

    Think I scared him away with Crysis…

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