Computer and Video Game Industry Tops $21 Billion in 2008
December Software Sales Help Set New Record
"Even in difficult economic times, the video game industry continues to support our country's local, state and national economies with record-breaking sales figures and rapid technological innovation," said
The NPD Group revealed that, in 2008, total U.S. video game console software sales reached
In 2008, family-friendly video games once again dominated the market, with games that the Entertainment Software Rating Board rated "Everyone 10+" and lower accounting for over half of all sales.(1) Games rated "T" for "Teen," meanwhile, accounted for 26.7 percent of all sales, while "Mature (M)" games made up only 15.9 percent of the market. Underscoring the trend, the "Family Entertainment" video game category again finished the year as the most popular game genre, with more than 19 percent of all sales.
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(1) According to NPD's 2008 sales data, 45.3% of games were rated "E," and 12.1% were rated "E10+."
SOURCE Entertainment Software Association