Game Metrics, Statistics

Game Industry Sales Data

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

Video game industry revenue in the US (1995-2008)

Great Game Industry Sales Data Resources

If you know of oth­er handy game-relat­ed sta­tis­tics sites, please write a com­ment. 🙂

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9 thoughts on “Game Industry Sales Data

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  2. Lennart Nacke says:

    Even if you could estab­lish a cor­re­la­tion, it does not imply cau­sa­tion (mean­ing your event with sim­i­lar numer­i­cal pro­gres­sion is like­ly unre­lat­ed to the first event, the sales in this case). Without an explana­to­ry the­o­ret­i­cal mod­el, I would sug­gest to not even imply a cor­re­la­tion. This means if you do not have an expla­na­tion to why two things could causal­ly be con­nect­ed, you are bet­ter off pur­su­ing a dif­fer­ent argu­ment.

  3. Horse says:

    Interesting when com­pared to shoot­ing ram­page sta­tis­tics. The list from this page does not con­tain all ram­pages and is incom­plete there­fore the com­par­i­son is not accu­rate, how­ev­er, it clear­ly shows that around 1995, there was a sig­nif­i­cant increase in ram­pages and the trend has con­tin­ued through 2012. 1949 — 1 ram­age, 1966–1, 1984–1, 1991–1, 1995–1, 1996–1, 97–2, 98–2, 99–2, and so on...

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  5. Lou says:

    Not sure if you will see this but I’m work­ing on a gam­ing relat­ed project and was hop­ing to find out where you got the raw data for the chart above. We need it for some pre­sen­ta­tions we are try­ing to put togeth­er. Thanks!

  6. Hey Josh, very nice to see where the data orig­i­nates. I hope you keep up the good work and your data­base. However, it would be real­ly nice if your site could fea­ture more “one click” exam­ples, where one can just click to some sam­ple sales graphs links instead of send­ing out an SQL query.

  7. Hey, I know this is an old arti­cle, but I just ran across it search­ing for things relat­ed to my sites. I’m the guy who runs Garaph. For the most part the data there is straight from week­ly web updates of the Japanese sales track­ers, which I then put in my data­base. http://www.m-create.com/ranking/ and http://www.famitsu.com/game/rank/top30/ for instance. When look­ing at the week­ly view for old­er data there are links at the bot­tom for the source of the week­ly Famitsu data since they don’t just over­write the same pages each week. However, some­times they get rid of old ones so plen­ty of those links are bro­ken.

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