NPD Group: $15 billion spent on gaming in United States last year

The NPD Group, the top game-industry research firm has released figures of the total amount spent on video game products in the United States over the course of the past year. The company has revealed that US consumers shelled out between $15.0 to $15.25  on video games in both physical media and digital sales during 2009.

NPD Groups breaks down the spending into the following two categories:

$10.5 billion on physical media: This includes purchasing new, physical copies of games. The figures do include money spent on social gaming titles that make use of micro-transactions.
 
$4.5 to $4.75 billion on other channels: This includes used games, rentals, subscriptions, digital full game downloads and downloadable content such as map packs. The amount also includes transactions of mobile game applications.
 
"Our expanded estimate of consumer spending reflects the growing number of options to purchase, acquire and interact with video games ranging from GameFly rentals to iPod Touch game apps," said Anita Frazier, analyst at the NPD group. "Consumer spending on social network games like those offered by Facebook would push this estimate even higher." 

The data was pulled from point-of-sale tracking, consumer research and figures gathered by NPD Group retail and its publisher partners.

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And they spent $5 billion* on child p--n ...

Does that mean gaming is more popular, or just more expensive ?

*scary but true

Strawmouth Pete said,
money well spent i guess.
helps take your mind off the blues

yup, and as i see it even if you buy a new game every month you're better off in terms of entertainment
a night at the movies, 25 bucks
night at the bar, 40-60 bucks average i say
People tend to wanna go out every weekend at least once and it really adds up

I guess piracy didn't hurt the industry that much after all!

I'm sure the black Wii and Xbox 360 S will sell like hotcakes as well.

bjoswald said,
I guess piracy didn't hurt the industry that much after all!

I'm sure the black Wii and Xbox 360 S will sell like hotcakes as well.

Huh? Of course it did! What if it could have been $20 billion? $30?

wait wait wait, are they factoring WoW into this? if so, that already breaks the bank
crazy amount of money during what is supposed to be hard times lol.