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48 percent of unit sales for PC games in 2009 were digital downloads

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48 percent of unit sales for PC games in 2009 were digital downloads

Post by {FB}Burnt on Thu 22 Jul 2010, 5:56 pm

i like the hard copy... but if DL is lot cheaper

NPD - 48 percent of unit sales for PC games in 2009 were digital downloads
According to research firm NPD Group, digital sales for PC gaming have risen quite a bit and are now closing in on retail sales. We can safely say that Steam has played a huge part in the recent turn of events. The reports from NPD group reveal that full-game PC digital download purchases reached 21.3 million in the U.S. during 2009, slightly fewer than 23.5 million in retail box sales during the same period. According to these numbers 48 percent of unit sales for PC games last year were digital downloads, and accounted for 36 percent of dollar sales, according to NPD Group estimates.

Although there was a rise in digital sales the overall PC gaming market didn't grow by that much which has led to a 23% drop in Retail game sales in the US to $538 million for 2009.

NPD also released charts of the top digital retailers based on estimated unit sales and we already know who topped the sales charts for digital downloads. Unfortunately actual sales figure for each site is not available as it would be interesting to know how much does steam account for in number of total digital downloads across all sites. The charts have been divided into two separate categories - frontline (retailers that sell digital games that may or may not be offered at traditional retail) and casual game sites (smaller casual games with try before you buy options and other payment methods):

Top 5 Frontline Digital Retailers in 2009 (based on unit percentage share)
1. Steampowered.com
2. Direct2drive.com
3. Blizzard.com
4. EA.com
5. Worldofwarcraft.com

Top 5 Casual Digital Retailers in 2009 (based on unit percentage share)
1. Bigfishgames.com
2. Pogo.com
3. Gamehouse.com
4. iWin.com
5. Realarcade.com

http://www.gameranx.com/updates/id/712/article/digital-pc-game-sales-closing-in-on-retail-sales/

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Post by {FB}Snowghost on Wed 28 Jul 2010, 3:27 pm

i buy the hardcopy when i can

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Re: 48 percent of unit sales for PC games in 2009 were digital downloads

Post by {FB}Alnitro on Wed 28 Jul 2010, 4:02 pm

most off mine are from steam these days
didn't even no what steam was till I met up with you guy's
thought steam came from & jug, iron, locomotive ect Razz

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Post by {FB}Zebitty on Wed 28 Jul 2010, 7:59 pm

i wonder how much more of a % digital downloads comprises for pirated stuff...

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