Popular Data Sources
After blogging about the Top 50 game developers, I got more interested in the revenue of the game industry. I have been searching for good game industry sales data for a while, since the NPD group figures are not easy to come by and studies related to revenue usually cost quite a bit (e.g. game developer research). Everyone knows about about favorite industry sources like VG Chartz, Metacritic, and GameStats. The latter two are more concerned with rating data while the first is definitely interesting for people interested in sales figures. However, some other really cool and helpful sites turned up when I started looking for game sales increase over the last decade in the US, which by the way looks like the following:
Game Industry Revenue
Great Game Industry Sales Data Resources
- Garaph is a website tool for generating sales data graphs for software and hardware sales of the game industry, however I could not find what source they use for their data.
- Chartget accumulates cool game industry charts from all sorts of resources (e.g. Famitsu, Gfk, Japan Gamecharts). My favorites are Capcom’s Resident Evil series sales (did not know the second part sold that well), insights about the Super Mario Bros. series, how much EA earns per platform and handhelds, or console market share in Japan or generally how bad the PSP is really doing. It is full of great looking graphics, check it out.
- The Video Game Sales Wiki is nice project, which can be edited and improved by everyone, at least for the recent years, it provides a lot of hard numbers behind video game sales.
If you know of other handy game-related statistics sites, please write a comment.