Thursday, May 25, 2006
U.S. spending on video games for personal computers hit $1.4 billion in 2005, according to an estimate released yesterday by market research firm NPD Group. Online subscriptions to PC games and gaming Web sites accounted for about $344 million of those annual sales. Major U.S. game publishers such as EA and Activision expect downloads to grow into a substantial business, although that part of the industry is just starting out. NPD analyst Anita Frazier said "digital downloads appeared to have contributed about 3 percent of total PC market sales in 2005, which would amount to about $42 million."