With contributions from the DLC market and driven by the launch of online-friendly next-gen consoles the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the digital games market grew by $1 billion year-on-year, according to a report today from Games Industry.
First reported by [a]list daily, the figure comes from the firm SuperData Research and equates to a 25 percent increase of digital game sales from this point last year.
“Several big franchises released on the same day as the next gen consoles,” SuperData Research said. “In particular Call of Duty: Ghosts, which generally launches two months later, was now immediately available via digital download on Xbox Marketplace and PSN.”
SuperData Research also pointed to Need for Speed Rivals, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, and Battlefield 4 as titles who drove digital sales, a trend they expect to “continue for the remainder of the year.”
Among the digital purchases, DLC sales combining both PC and console content rose by 41 percent year-on-year to $325 million.
The analysis comes after NPD Group showed strong sales by both Sony and Microsoft with the Xbox One and PS4. You can read that full Examiner report by clicking here.