NPD: Online Subscriptions Exceed $1 bln

The NPD Group has released new data showing that online subscriptions in the US gaming market exceed $1 billion annually.

In particular, NPD's new Online Subscription Tracker (announced in February) paints a clearer picture of the PC market, which has had much of its revenue move to online.

"Now that NPD can estimate the value of the subscription market, it's clear that there is a sizable chunk of revenue being generated by PC gaming beyond what is reflected in retail sales," said NPD analyst Anita Frazier.

PC retail sales declined slightly from just over $1 billion in the US in 2006 to $910.7 million in 2007. This did not include digital distribution and online subscription sales.

NPD said there are 11 million gaming subscribers monthly.

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Montrealien3813d ago

PS gaming is dead? I think not. Nice to see they track the real meat now. PC gaming has changed alot in the last few years and they where not traking sales well.

Cyrus3653813d ago

Yeah PC gaming has really evolved to more Subscription based services like MMO style gaming, and the old PC gaming has moved to more console based....

Montrealien3812d ago (Edited 3812d ago )

edit : @ comment #3

2-3 million is wow in North America.

myabsolution3813d ago

99% of this revenue is probably from WoW :)

Dnarbeis3813d ago

Lol, i wanna have al of that money.

Captain Tuttle3813d ago (Edited 3813d ago )

With figures like that it makes you wonder why anything is free.

kewlkat0073813d ago

stat sheet...the PS3 does not benefit from this of course.