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Report: U.S. games industry generated $30.4 bn in revenue for 2016

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The Entertainment Software Association and the NPD Group released their report of the 2016 U.S. video game industry. The revenue includes sales from all gaming related purchases; in-game purchases, hardware, software and peripherals.

“2016 was another enormous year for the interactive entertainment industry,” said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the ESA, which represents the U.S. video game industry. “The industry’s innovative genius and ability to engage and delight billions of gamers worldwide delivered another record performance. Congratulations to the developers, storytellers, creators, and investors who defined the leaderboard for entertainment.”

  • $30.4 billion generated in revenue in 2016 (vs. $30.2 billion in 2015)
  • $24.5 billion was from software sales (vs. 23.2 billion in 2015)
  • 6% growth in gaming software sales from 2015 to 2016

“Growth in entertainment software consumer spend was seen across the mobile, PC, virtual reality, subscription, portable and digital console segments,” said Mat Piscatella, industry analyst, The NPD Group. “Consumers have more options to purchase and enjoy entertainment software than ever before, while developers have more and easier ways of delivering that content.  No matter the delivery platform, entertainment software has never been more engaging, diverse or accessible.”

Other interesting points from the report.

  • Pokémon Go became a cultural phenomenon on mobile
  • Console gaming software sales were driven buy: Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Madden NFL 17, NBA 2K17 and Tom Clancy’s The Division
  • PC gaming showed the most diverse and dynamic of all platform growth, with a record number of titles reaching PC gamers in 2016.

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Source: ESA

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