GTA 5 helps games industry sales increase 17 percent

Findings from research group show $3.45 billion spent on game content in the U.S. in July-September quarter that included record-breaking release of GTA 5.

The United States video game industry enjoyed a strong July-September quarter, which included the record-breaking Grand Theft Auto V, new data from the NPD Group released today shows.

According to the firm's Q3 2013 Games Market Dynamics: U.S. report, industry sales rose to $3.45 billion in the quarter, up 17 percent year-over-year. The gain was the biggest since the second quarter of 2011, the company said.

The $3.45 billion figure includes $1.3 billion for new physical software, as well as $1.72 billion for digital and DLC sales, and $346 million for used games and rentals. More specifically, digital full-games and DLC sales grew 35 percent year-over-year.

Though the new physical games, digital games, and DLC categories were significant drivers of increased revenue for the quarter, all other segments saw gains, except for social networks, which continued to slip, the NPD said.

Looking ahead, NPD analyst Liam Callahan said the PS4 and Xbox One should "continue to fuel consumer excitement and spending for games" leading up to the holiday shopping season. The PS4 was released last week, while the Xbox One goes on sale in a matter of hours.

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41 comments
grimzy105
grimzy105

Congratulations Rockstar, yet another good Grand Theft Auto Game, I hope you make many more games in the future, I personally think that Grand Theft Auto V should get game of the year, much better than all the other games like Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty Ghosts. I rate Grand Theft Auto a 8 and a half out of 10 as I think they could improve multiplayer a but more as I find it boring, but Singleplayer's story is excellent I love how you can switch between the 3 different Characters.

quidditch3
quidditch3

all the more reason for GTA V to be named game of the year

3astSid3
3astSid3

GTAV is so boring online , The single player is a master piece !

Jacanuk
Jacanuk

Its pretty interesting how much online and the time period between 4 and 5 did for this series.

But grats to Rockstar

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

As if pokemon didnt contribute to the sudden boom in software and hardware sales...

biggest_loser
biggest_loser

With these sales, I really wish GTAV had more interesting missions than "go here and kill x". 

helldragonzer
helldragonzer

anyone still wondering why Watch Dogs got delayed.

nurnberg
nurnberg

Wow.  So now digital and DLC brings more revenue than new games.  People are really getting milked.

coaltango
coaltango

this game would have been an amazing launch title for both PS4 & Xb1

MAXAM999
MAXAM999

Gamespot .. Please Fix your Notification System , it keeps sending to my email Thousands of Comments and it wont stop , i disable it and it keeps sending unnecessary comments !?

Saidrex
Saidrex

Stop crying about PC version! Every time there are news about GTA5 it's full of PC fanboys crying about PC version. Be patient, it will come eventually, if not - screw it, there 100's other awesome games to play and you won't have time to play them all anyway.

Why there are so much morons in this world?! *facepalm*

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

We all know the future is tablets and phones playing angry birds and fruit ninja clones squinting at tiny screens with our stuff plugged into an outlet

Mr_BillGates
Mr_BillGates

This is why they blacklisted PC. Good job Rockstars. More profits for the gaming industry. Hopefully, all other developers follow suit on war on piracy that is PC gaming.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

STOP TALKING ABOUT THIS GAME! This game is destroying the family values.

Let's respect our heroes of the military dictatorship that would never allow this atrocity to be launched

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

Remember guys, tablet gaming is the way of the future! Through the power of the cloud, we can make your Farmville dreams come true, at a stunning 240p ! Console and PC gamers are a dying breed! The are like Morgan Freeman running uphill to escape being devoured by swarm of zombies; hid old heart about to burst! Zynga is the future of gaming !  Your friend, Don Mattick

pongley
pongley

"helps" or "provides".

DIGN
DIGN

Would be higher if it was on PC and next gen.

jawslover
jawslover

@randomkidlol 7 million sales vs 26 million, not really comparable..

19James89
19James89

@helldragonzer Because Watch Dogs being released at the same time as Assassin's Creed IV would have undercut AC IV sales.

joshua6775
joshua6775

@coaltango Agree, but I'm glad I got to play it without having to spend $500 on a new system. GTA5 is my G.O.T.Y.


SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

@Saidrex 

It won't. Look at Gamespot articles regarding the latest Assassin's Creed, then look at the comments. Ubisoft bothered to bring Assassin's Creed for the PC at the same time as consoles. What are guys bragging about? How they got the game on the 'scene', how one pirated release is bigger than the other, which one should one get and so on...

And then they wonder why the well is almost dried. I think they can stick future releases up their asses, cause they won't get much if any.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

@Saidrex Honestly, I don't even care if it doesn't come to PC anymore. My interest in this game is completely gone. Too bad for them.

wizzzer_thy_133
wizzzer_thy_133

@Mr_BillGates what a crock of shit, Diablo 3 sold 12 million in 2012 and the reason PC gamers pirated the crap out of earlier titles is because the port was absolutely pants.

Rockstar to give PC gamers a proper port, and sales worldwide would have surpassed a billion in the first day.

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

@Mr_BillGates Yes. I did see PC on Rockstar's blacklist.  Right below Mr_BillGates.  Didn't think either was justified, but what can you do?

Saidrex
Saidrex

@Mr_BillGates your logic is so.... non-existing, so i won't even bother trolling a troll

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

@Diegoctba And do black people in the hood really call each other the N-word that much?  It got painful to hear after a while.

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

@Tiwill44 @Saidrex Agreed.  The phrase "be careful what you ask for..." comes to mind.  Don't think I could stomach a PC version at this point even though the game world would look awesome.  Maybe it would be better with an alien invasion and superpower mods. 

R083R70
R083R70

@maniacalpoet @Diegoctba Come on man if you didn't catch on after the first sentence the second really should of told you that he's trolling, really if you read the comment section on almost any Gamespot article you'll seem similar shenanigans from him.