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In-Depth: Xbox Live Arcade Sales Analysis, October 2009

Gamasutra: October has been a month of highs and lows - veteran games that have done remarkably well, and continue to sell impressively, significantly after their release, contrasted with some new games that dropped off almost instantly.

Last month, we began to look at estimating sales of Xbox Live Arcade games in the month, using a combination of Leaderboard numbers, charts, and our knowledge. It's tricky, potentially subjective territory. But we're trying to be as open as possible with the data, and we continue to list Leaderboard specifics alongside our estimates, so you're welcome to draw your own conclusions.

This month we've gone rather comprehensive, looking at over 90 Xbox Live Arcade titles, week by week, to show how a game sells throughout the month. We looked at Leaderboards for the newest releases, as well as some games from the past. For a developer, this data is crucial to see the true state of the so-called "long tail" effect for digitally distributed games.

Eight new Xbox Live Arcade titles were released within the four weeks of October 2009, including Ludicity, South Park, and Axel & Pixel. Here's how they fared.

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