Video Game Sales Surge in 2017
When the first arcade game machines were first manufactured and sold, did the creators ever believe gaming would make such an impact, not only on the culture, but on the economics of so many countries? In modern-day 2017, the gaming industry is thriving and expanding all the time. The sales numbers from the first months of 2017 are simply further confirmation. 2017 Is Off to a Great Start On a global scale, video game sales in the month of January increased by 9.8 percent when compared to last year’s numbers, delivering $7.47 billion in total sales. And that’s just direct digital downloads, excluding any physical software sales. Some of the most popular titles included “Grand Theft Auto,” “FIFA,” and “ARK: Survival Evolved.” Sales of “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” were lower than the series’ last installment, though a higher overall price somewhat offset the downfall, cushioning the drop in total revenue. Coming Soon: Twitch Will Sell Games If you’re an avid gamer, you’re familiar with Twitch, the video game streaming site now owned by Amazon that broadcasts e-sports and live games. Twitch recently announced their latest effort: the company will begin selling games on its platform. They have many publishers, both large and small, who have agreed to the partnership, including Ubisoft, Telltale Games and more. Users will be able to download and play the games through the Twitch launcher or through established services like Uplay. Twitch’s new effort will place it in competition with popular game purchasing sites like Steam. Twitch is expected to launch the new feature this spring, though no firm release date has yet been announced. Why Buy When You Can Rent? Buying your favorite game is a must, but what if you simply want to try out a new title to see if you like it? Xbox is going to offer a monthly subscription for gamers who want to do just that. The “Xbox Game Pass” will cost $9.99 a month and will allow Xbox owners to download over 100 different Xbox One and backwards compatible Xbox 360 games for either online or offline play. This service will also launch this spring.