PSN sees a 40% growth during the second half of 2010
PlayStation Network games grossed an estimated $49.4 million during the second half of 2010, a year-over-year growth of 40%, according to the analyst firm Forecasting & Analyzing Digital Entertainment.
Ubisoft’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World was the best selling game for the period, selling 190,000 units. However, it was The Behemoth’s Castle Crashers that churned out the most money with $2.1 million from 143,000 units sold.
Below are the top selling titles from July-December 2010:
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (Ubisoft) – 190,000 Units
- Castle Crashers (The Behemoth) – 143,000 Units
- ZEN Pinball (Zen Studios) – 127,000 Units
- Dead Nation (Housemarque) – 122,000 Units
- Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 (SEGA) – 113,000 Units
- Critter Crunch (Capybara Games) – 100,000 Units
- Blacklight: Tango Down (Ignition Entertainment) – 97,000 Units
- DeathSpank (Hothead Games) – 97,000 Units
- Pac-Man CE DX (Namco Bandai) – 96,000 Units
- Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse (Telltale Games) – 80,000 Units
All of this puts the PSN on track to catching up with its competitor, Xbox LIVE. In comparison Xbox LIVE Arcade only saw an 18% increase over the same time period, according to FADE. In addition, the company reports that multi-platform first-month sales have almost evened out across console sales.
“In 2009, Microsoft enjoyed a 2:1 sales advantage for multi-platform titles launching simultaneously. Today, that advantage is nearly even with first-month typical sales being 55/45 among new titles like ‘Costume Quest’, ‘Pac-Man CE DX’, and ‘X-Men Arcade’ ” said Benjamin Schlichter, Director of Research & Analysis at FADE LLC.
It definitely sounds like the PSN has had a successful year, and the data doesn’t even include PSOne Classics either. As we see more and more unique titles coming to the service, coupled with PlayStation+ (FADE estimates there are currently more than 100,000 members), the PlayStation Network is sure to see another top-selling year in 2011.