Data is still preliminary for "total consumer spend on gaming content via all monetization methods, including new physical video and PC games, used games, game rentals, subscriptions, digital full-game downloads, social network games, downloadable content, and mobile game apps," however, the market research company puts complete spending between $15.4 and $15.6 billion.
Physical sales still led the charge in 2010, generating revenues of "$10.1 billion, a 5 percent decline over the $10.6 billion generated in 2009." One might speculate that were the biggest sellers of the year--Black Ops, Madden NFL 11, Halo: Reach, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii--available as digital downloads across all platforms at launch, the gap between physical and digital could have been much smaller.
According to the NPD Group, Call of Duty: Black Ops was the biggest selling game of 2010 (new physical retail only, including PC), pushing "more than 12 million units" out the door since its launch in November 2010.
- Top Selling Games of 2010 (Combined Platforms, New Physical Media)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops (X360, PS3, Wii, PC, NDS)
- Madden NFL 11 (X360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP)
- Halo: Reach (X360)
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)
- Red Dead Redemption (X360, PS3)
- Wii Fit Plus (Wii)
- Just Dance 2 (Wii)
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (X360, PS3, PC)
- Assassin's Creed Brotherhood (X360, PS3)
- NBA 2K11 (X360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, PC)