January Software Sales Slide Due To Lack Of Big Releases



Software sales were down in the U.S. for the month of January. Software dollar trends in January 2014 were down 25% as compared to January 2013, the NPD Group said this afternoon.


This is primarily due to the slide in performance of titles that were released this past November and December, which decreased 36%. (Or 20%, when you take into account that January 2013 was a 5-week tracking period, and Jan. 2014 was four weeks.)


Here are the top-ten sellers for January 2014 in the U.S.:


Rank Title System Publisher
01. Call of Duty: Ghosts 360, PS3, XBO, PS4, Wii U, PC Activision Blizzard
02. NBA 2K14 PS4, 360, XBO, PS3, PC Take 2
03. Battlefield 4 PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC Electronic Arts
04. Assassin’s Creed IV 360, PS4, XBO, PS3, NWU, PC Ubisoft
05. Grand Theft Auto V 360, PS3 Take 2
06. Madden NFL 25 PS4, XBO, 360, PS3 Electronic Arts
07. Minecraft 360 Microsoft
08. FIFA 14 PS4, XBO, PS3, 360, PSV Electronic Arts
09. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 360, XBO, PS3, PS4, 3DS, NWU, PSV, PC Warner Bros.
10. Tomb Raider PS4, XBO, 360, PS3 Square Enix

Tracking period: Jan 5th – Feb 1st (2014)


Additionally, January 2013 saw strong launches such as DmC Devil May Cry and Ni no Kuni, and titles of this calibre were missing from January 2014.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.