US Games Sales Overtake DVD Market in 2007

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Sales of video games in the United States surpassed those of DVD movies during 2007, the Entertainment Merchants Association and GameSpot report.

Across 2007, the US gaming market brought in $18.85 billion according to NPD. Meanwhile, Nielsen reports that DVD sales racked up $16 billion, and the Digital Entertainment Group shows Hollywood's 2007 box office revenue at $9.6 billion.

However, as we noted last August, the claim that video games pull in more money than Hollywood is only true from a certain point of view. While games surpassed both DVD sales and box office revenue, combined, those figures appear to overshadow gaming.

Then again, those numbers don't paint a complete picture of the rivalry between Tinsel Town and games. NPD's 2007 figure for the gaming industry doesn't include titles sold via digital distribution or online game subscriptions, such as World of Warcraft.

Though movie rentals brought in around $7.4 billion during 2007, no figures are available regarding game rentals. Furthermore, neither used games sales nor used DVDs are included in the equation. And these are only figures for the US market.

Despite the gaps, hope still exists for a more complete view of the long-standing rivalry. NPD recently began tracking game subscriptions, finding an extra $1 billion in games revenue in just the first quarter of 2008.

From The Chatty
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    July 2, 2008 10:59 AM

    $65 versus $15 ... Hmmmm.

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      July 2, 2008 11:33 AM

      $65 eh? Someone is ripping you off.

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        July 2, 2008 11:35 AM

        Well, a lot of Xbox 360 (and I assume PS3) games cost $60 new, especially if you buy them from GameStop/EBGames/Best Buy, which I bet most people do). Tack on tax or S&H and $65 is pretty close.

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          July 2, 2008 11:42 AM

          Well its a moot point becasue you only added shipping and tax one way. Doesn't work like that.

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            July 2, 2008 2:02 PM

            What? You go into a store, you buy it, you get taxed. You buy online, you get charged S&H. There are other ways to buy them, but I bet the majority of games are purchased that way.

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      July 2, 2008 12:35 PM

      It takes 5 movie goers at $12 a person to equal one gamer buying a game at $60.

      Theoretically, there are 5 times more movie goers than there are gamers. Film is still a much more popular medium, games just appear to be more profitable because they more expensive. If games were equal in price to movies, the film industry would tower a lot more over the game industry fiscally.