New Zealand Game Sales Up 13 Percent in 2015

New Zealand Game Sales Up 13 Percent in 2015

New Zealand's game industry has recorded another year of growth, with the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) announcing today that sales for 2015 were up 13 percent on the previous year.

Traditional retail sales accounted for $136 million, a 4.5 percent increase on 2014, while digital sales rose 18 percent to $256 million. These figures cover hardware, packaged games, subscriptions, digital sales, and mobile games, and this growth has been led by a growing install base for current generation consoles, sales of which increased by 67.4 percent.

“The robust growth of New Zealand’s video games industry is testament to a strong gaming culture. Telsyte’s research shows that New Zealanders are keen on early access to games, with one in four buyers willing to pay in advance to play a game before the official release date. While there is no doubt that there has been diversification in the games market, retail sales were also strong,” said Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA.

Digital sales (mobile, digital games, DLC, and subscriptions) made up 65 percent of total sales last year, and 29 percent of new game revenue came from digital games, compared to 23 percent in 2014. "Digital extras" (in other words, DLC) made up 30 percent of total digital sales.

IGEA also recently announced the top-selling games of 2015, with Call of Duty: Black Ops III taking the crown. The full rundown is as follows:

Overall Top 10

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  2. Minecraft
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Fallout 4
  5. FIFA 16
  6. Star Wars Battlefront
  7. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  8. Far Cry 4
  9. Battlefield Hardline
  10. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

PlayStation 4 Top 10

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  2. Fallout 4
  3. Star Wars Battlefront
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  6. FIFA 16
  7. Bloodborne
  8. The Order: 1886
  9. Batman: Arkham Knight
  10. Driveclub

Xbox One Top 10

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  2. Fallout 4
  3. Halo 5: Guardians
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. Minecraft
  6. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  7. Forza Motorsport 6
  8. Star Wars Battlefront
  9. Forza Horizon 2
  10. The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

Wii U Top 10

  1. Super Smash Bros.
  2. Mario Party 10
  3. Super Mario Maker
  4. Splatoon
  5. Yoshi's Woolly World
  6. Mario Kart 8
  7. New Super Mario Bros. U
  8. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
  9. Super Mario 3D World
  10. Xenoblade Chronicles X

PC Top 10

  1. The Sims 4
  2. Fallout 4
  3. The Sims 3: Starter Pack
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. The Sims 4: Get to Work Expansion Pack
  6. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  7. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  8. Farming Simulator 15
  9. Star Wars Battlefront
  10. Far Cry 4

3DS Top 10

  1. Pokemon Omega Ruby
  2. Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
  3. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D
  5. Super Smash Bros.
  6. Pokemon Y
  7. Pokemon X
  8. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D
  9. Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  10. Fire Emblem: Awakening

IGEA's data comes from NPD Group and Telsyte.



 

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Comments Comments (7)

 
Posted by ninja
On Thursday 10 Mar 2016 10:15 AM
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Good news :) - positive that DS are increasing as internet speeds improve for those massive downloads :P
 
 
 
Posted by Bunnny
On Thursday 10 Mar 2016 12:52 PM
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Good news,

also CoD is still eh
 
 
 
Posted by Bank
On Thursday 10 Mar 2016 4:41 PM
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Yayooor Witcher is in top 10! Stoked for CDPR.
 
 
 
Posted by mchumdinghy
On Thursday 10 Mar 2016 8:54 PM
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Great to see, long may the trend be upward, this year is looking incredible
 
 
 
Posted by AdamC
On Thursday 10 Mar 2016 9:36 PM
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So much for the collapse of the industry coming again. Games are looking better and better at the moment.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Friday 11 Mar 2016 2:34 AM
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Good, we need more gamers, and i want a gaming convention. :P
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Friday 11 Mar 2016 2:35 AM
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but 2014 was an awful year for gaming, not surprised they sold less, 2015 lots of great games came out.