Diablo III puts PC gaming back on top

Posted by Shane McGlaun

The video game market ebbs and flows with the state of our economy. When times are tough, people stop buying video games and related hardware. When the economy picks back up, gaming gear purchases rebound.

So it comes as little surprise that a recent NPD report confirmed that game sales dropped 28% in May 2012 compared to 2011 levels.

Indeed, software sales plummeted to $516.5 million while hardware sales suffered a 39% decline from 2011 levels.

However, the above-mentioned numbers track physical game and hardware sales, and do not include digital sales, such as DLC and in-game micro transactions - which totaled some $420 million.
PC games did particularly well for the month of May with growth of 230%, which NPD attributes to the release of Diablo III.

To be sure, despite issues with security and server uptime, Diablo III managed to break records and became the top-selling game for the month of May. NPD confirms this is the first time a PC topped the game charts since July 2010, with analyst Anita Frazier noting that last month game companies released 27% fewer titles than the month before, undoubtedly contributing to lower sales.

The top 10 physical game sold during the month of May, in order, include Diablo III, Max Payne 3, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, prototype 2, NBA 2K12, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Sniper Elite V2, Battlefield 3, Dragon's Dogma, and Just Dance 3.