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Best Game Titles and Console Sales, Not Good Enough for Profits

In terms of videogames, last month tied up a difficult 2016. December’s total videogame revenue went down 15 per cent compared to the same month in 2015. The drop in game title shipments is tied to the fall in total console shipments yet again. A report by NDP Group pegs overall game sales at $2.7 billion. The year’s overall console sales came really close to $1 billion at $994.9 million. However, that number is down 20 per cent in contrast with 2015.

Naturally, there was a fall in gaming accessories, too. Sales went down 15 per cent from $629.7 million to $547.6 million. Videogame related software fell by 12 per cent from $1.33 billion to $1.19 billion. Data derived via Steam shows the sale of PC gaming software came to $45.8 million, down 13 percent year-over-year. Albeit, game software pulled in tremendous figures during the 2015 holiday period, leaving high standards in 2016.

The launch of Xbox and Sony’s new consoles last year failed to rake in growth in terms of dollar spending. Gamers are reported to have purchased 7 percent fewer units during the holiday month. Although the Xbox One and PS4 systems stooped much lower on their own, down by 15 percent.

“Unfortunately the release of the Xbox One S and the PlayStation 4 Pro did not generate dollar spending growth,” explains Sam Naji, an analyst at NPD. “Although the combined ARP of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 systems decreased by 15 percent, consumers bought 7 percent fewer units.”

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Best holiday game sales

Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 4 console once again came out on top as December’s best-selling console. The Xbox One also had an increase in purchases, jumping 10 per cent year on year. After seeing 7 consecutive months of increases, only a 2 per cent rise was seen with Nintendo 3DS sales last month.

Looking at the top five games of the holiday season, in terms of U.S. sales, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare comes in at first place. The Activision title was followed by Final Fantasy XV, Battlefield 1 and Madden NFL 17 respectively. NBA 2K17 wraps up the top fives.

Tying up the top ten is Watch Dogs 2; GTA V; Pokemon: Sun; FIFA 17 and Pokemon: Moon

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Mvusi Ngubane

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