The NPD group has released some interesting numbers about US video games sales in 2012. While physical sales were down 21%, digital sales increased by an impressive 16 percent. Digital content in this instance meaning “full game and add-on content downloads, subscriptions, mobile games and social network games.”
Sadly that still leads to an overall decline of 9% when you combine digital and physical sales, but it’s still mightily impressive to see such growth in the digital space. It’s no surprise though with the explosion of quality free to play games, not to mention heavy hitters like Minecraft and Trials Evolution selling millions of copies on XBLA in a matter of weeks.