EEDAR: Jam-Packed Holiday Release Slate Justified

Despite gamers often lamenting that there are "too many" good games coming out during the fourth quarter holiday period -- more than their wallets can handle -- they still appear to be finding ways to spend money during the period.

According to Electronic Entertainment Design and Research analyst Jesse Divnich, 43 percent of 2008's video game titles released in the fourth quarter. Fourth quarter sales accounted for 45 percent of total annual sales, indicating that the amount of titles released during Q4 supports quarterly sales proportions.

Divnich said, "The thoughts on releasing more games in Q4 seem to run analogous to expanding a sports stadium from holding 20,000 fans to 35,000 fans - if you can fill the seats, then the expansion is justified."

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