NPD’s Q3 2012 Games Market Dynamics report stated that $1.07 billion was spent in the U.S. by consumers on new physical video and PC game software. Additionally, $399 million was spent on used and rental games, and digital purchases (from full games and subscriptions to DLC) generated $1.4 billion.
“When including overall consumer content spending across both digital and physical formats in Q3 2012, there was a positive story for the industry,” said Liam Callahan, industry analyst, The NPD Group. “Despite declines in physical format spending of 16 percent from Q3 2011, strong growth in digital format spending, up 22 percent, helped offset this decline and led to 1 percent decline in content spending from the same quarter last year. Mobile App spending, digital full game downloads, and downloadable add-on content were the areas within digital format spending that helped drive this increase.”