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NPD: October Video Game Sales Decline 11%

16 Nov, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel



Total video game spending in October dropped 11% to $825 million, from $932 million in the previous-year period, according to new data from The NPD Group. Gains in hardware spending (10%) to $238 million were offset by declines in software and accessories.

Console, portable and PC games combined to reach $474 million, down 20%, due to difficult year-ago comps with the launch of EA’s Battlefield 1. Consumer spending through October is up 3% to $4.2 billion.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War (Warner Bros. Interactive) was October's best-selling game, including on both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 platforms. Sales grew more than 20% when compared with previous franchise release Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, which debuted in September 2014.

After two months of release, NBA 2K18 (Take 2) became the best-selling sports game for the 12-month period ended October 2017. NBA 2K18 remains the best-selling sports game year to date and is now the second best-selling game of the year overall.

Nintendo Switch and the SNES Classic drove hardware spending. Switch was the best-selling platform, while PlayStation 4 remains the best-selling platform year-to-date.

Hardware spending grew 19% to $2.3 billion. Spending on Switch, Plug N Play devices such as the SNES Classic, and the PS4 continue to dominate.

Spending on accessories and game cards fell 7% to $113 million.

 


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