28 Dec

With NPD statistics casting an end-of-the-year gloom over comparative industry sales (2009’s numbers are down an overall 12% from the same period last year,) financial firm DFC Intelligence has released a report on what investors and consumers alike could expect from the industry next year and beyond.

“As for overall forecasts we are sad to report that we expect the global videogame and interactive entertainment industry to be down 12% in 2009 from its peak in 2008,” the report details. “The industry is expected to be flat in the 2010 to 2012 timeframe. Almost all of this slowdown is because of a downturn in sales for the traditional dedicated console and portable game market. While we caution that currency fluctuations can make global comparisons difficult, DFC Intelligence believes that retail software sales for dedicated console and portable systems peaked in 2008 at about $30 billion worldwide and will not reach that level in the foreseeable future. In 2015 retail software sales for dedicated video game console and portable game systems are expected to be about $23 billion worldwide.”

“The good news is that there is expected to be significant growth in online distribution revenue models,” they added. “By 2015, online distribution on PC and console systems is expected to grow worldwide by over $10 billion from its 2009 level. This increase should offset the decline in retail sales.”

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