Game Industry Sales Climb 6% Year-over-Year in October, Battlefield 1 Leads the Pack

Alessio Palumbo
Posted Nov 18, 2016
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The NPD Group released their full monthly report on the game industry in the USA. October was a favorable month overall, with sales going up 6% year-over-year for a total of $875.7 million in revenues.

That’s mostly due to the huge software sales increase brought by multiple big releases like Gears of War 4, Battlefield 1 and Mafia III. As a result, console software sales were up 31% year-over-year for a total of $505.7 million and PC software sales were up for an impressive 172% year-over-year, for a total of $33.8 million.

Software sales boosted the game industry in October even with the continued decline of hardware and accessories sales, down respectively 20% and 24% year-over-year.

Battlefield 1 secured the first spot in the software chart. Here’s the Top 10:

  1. Battlefield 1**
  2. Mafia III
  3. Gears of War 4*
  4. FIFA 17
  5. NBA 2K17
  6. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim*
  7. WWE 2K17
  8. Civilization VI
  9. Titanfall 2**
  10. Madden NFL 17

* Does not include digital sales.
**Does not include EA Origin sales on PC.

As previously reported, Xbox One was once again the best-selling console in the United States of America. However, we now know that Sony actually had the highest performing SKU, as revealed by NPD analyst Sam Naji.

The PS4 Slim 500 GB Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End bundle was the month’s best-selling hardware across the category, accounting for 17 percent of total hardware units sold in the month.

Of course, Sony should register a boost next month with the release of PlayStation 4 Pro and it will be an interesting battle with Microsoft in November. Regarding Xbox, Naji had this to say:

Unit sales for the Xbox One brand of hardware grew by 8 percent compared to last October. Average pricing for the Xbox One hardware fell by 17 percent due primarily to the release of the lower-priced 500GB Xbox One S Minecraft Bundle.

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