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

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Nov 18, 2016

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.

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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.

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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.