Windows Store paid game downloads jump 34% in November

November was a good month for the Windows Store of apps and games, particularly for the latter. Paid game downloads shot up 34.12 percent during the month to a total of 1,311,209. Free game downloads also saw some smaller growth as well — 13.41 percent — but still had far more at 16,744,484.

Even more amazing is that the 1.3 million paid game downloads in November came extremely close to matching the 1.5 million total downloads for all categories of apps in October. The increased interest in Windows Store games, especially paid ones, is great news for game developers looking to monetize their products. Plus, developers skeptical about Windows 8 might find November's growth a bit more reassuring.

However, Microsoft is oddly being sketchy with other categories of the Windows Store. In October, the company broke down all of the app downloads for every single category and then split those categories into Paid and Free. November's report is lacking download statistics for a number of categories. In fact the majority have at least one missing downloads number for either paid or free.

Despite that peculiar inconsistency, the game growth is good news. Sure we could talk about how it's nothing compared to what iOS and Android are accomplishing, but at least it's not headed in the wrong direction. For now.

Source: TechCrunch

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Yeah, Spartan Assault probably makes up for 99% of that number of paid games... at $3.49 even I had to get it. And I say that as I don't much like the direction MS is headed with modern UI or the store model, but it's ok for games as most should be full-screen anyway.

domboy said,
Yeah, Spartan Assault probably makes up for 99% of that number of paid games... at $3.49 even I had to get it. And I say that as I don't much like the direction MS is headed with modern UI or the store model, but it's ok for games as most should be full-screen anyway.

Have you seen the new Dell Venue Pro 8 and Lenovo Miix2 tablets? I like the idea of Modern UI on those and playing touch Civ 5!

Do you think that will be the new shape of windows tablets? Ditching RT and going full windows 8.1 on an intel *trail device?

I just wish they would clean the damn market up. There's so many apps with the same exact icons, with names so incredibly similar, that I have no idea what I'm going through, and the ratings don't help at all, let alone allow me to find what I want.

Showing customers the Windows Store is sort of an embarrassment right now.

Agreed. I just can't fathom why VLC has had such a rough time getting app store approval, while an app that does nothing but display ten cat jokes breezes on through. Well...actually, I can. Microsoft got caught in the numbers game where ecosystem health began to be measured by quantity rather than unique functionality.

Yeah, I hope they clean it up too. I'd rather have Quality over quantity any day of the week. I view it as a total result of all the detractors constantly braying on and on ad naseum about the number of apps in other stores, while ignoring that up to 60% of the total apps in competing stores like apple's have never been downloaded.

If the cat jokes app had any forbidden API calls on WinRT like VLC's legacy code then they would not have been approved.

Doli said,
If the cat jokes app had any forbidden API calls on WinRT like VLC's legacy code then they would not have been approved.

Yep. Pretty simple concept.

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