Games keep pumping despite recession fears

Games keep pumping despite recession fears

Retail sales in the PC and console games sector for March was up 17 per cent on February despite the shadow surrounding the economy, according to latest figures from channel research company Inform.

"This means that 2001 year to date sales are currently 14 per cent greater than at the same point last year," said Inform's research manager, Phil Burnham.

The Dreamcast was the only format to see its game sales fall - down 19 per cent. This leaves it with just over 3000 units sold during the month. Shipments for the Game Boy increased 40 per cent thanks to Nintendo's offer of free Game Boy related merchandise with a selection of its titles.

PlayStation and PS2 games lost some market share even though both consoles had positive growth on the previous month. According to Inform, the tie-in rate for games to console for the PS2 has increased to 2:1 from December's ratio of 1:1.5.

In hardware, Sony's PSOne accounted for 48 per cent of consoles sold. The PS2 also increased its share, by one percentage point to 13 per cent.

The N64 was the only other platform to maintain its share, rising from 4 per cent to 5 per cent during March. Game Boy and Dreamcast both lost ground with monthly decreases of 18 per cent and 10 per cent respectively and unit shares of 32 per cent and 0.8 per cent.

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