FADE, a research and analysis firm, are claiming there was an estimated $49.4 million USD worth of sales on the PlayStation Network during the first half of 2010.
The figure, which includes PSN games (but excludes PSOne titles) shows ‘significant growth’ for the platform, with FADE (Forecasting & Analyzing Digital Entertainment) suggesting that year-on-year growth during the second half of the year was 40%, outpacing Xbox Live Arcade’s 18% increase.
December 2010 alone shows, according to the press release, an estimated $9.3 million USD.
Ubisoft’s ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World’ was, says FADE, the “best selling title for the 2nd half of 2010 with 190,000 units sold”, with XBLA title ‘Castle Crashers’ the top-grossing game for the 2nd half of last year, earning $2.1 million USD “from an estimated 143,000 units sold”.
FADE admit that multi-platform sales have had a “rocky history” on PSN, with the Xbox 360 version of Battlefield 1943 selling twice as many copies as the PlayStation 3 version. But that’s all changing: “Today, that advantage is nearly even with first-month typical sales being 55/45 among new titles like ‘Costume Quest’, ‘Pac-Man CE DX’, and ‘X-Men Arcade'” said Benjamin Schlichter, Director of Research & Analysis at FADE LLC.
In addition, PlayStation Plus is seeing encouraging numbers, with time-exclusive title ‘Sackboy’s Prehistoric Moves’ grabbing an estimated 72,000 downloads in December, with many coming from Plus members.
FADE have also supplied a list of top selling titles for the last six months of 2010:
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (Ubisoft) – 190,000 Units
- Castle Crashers (The Behemoth) – 143,000 Units
- ZEN Pinball (Zen Studios) – 127,000 Units
- Dead Nation (Housemarque) – 122,000 Units
- Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 (SEGA) – 113,000 Units
- Critter Crunch (Capybara Games) – 100,000 Units
- Blacklight: Tango Down (Ignition Entertainment) – 97,000 Units
- DeathSpank (Hothead Games) – 97,000 Units
- Pac-Man CE DX (Namco Bandai) – 96,000 Units
- Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse (Telltale Games) – 80,000 Units
We’re assuming all figures are estimated, and taken from US data.
For more from FADE, visit www.fadellc.com.