In a report from GamesIndustry today, video game sales in the United States are up 21 percent in August compared to last year, the first month since April 2011 in which the industry had double-digit growth.
According to the data report from Cowen & Company, console and handheld software is up 21 percent from August 2012 while total packaged goods sales up 18 percent.
Madden NFL 25 has been fingered as the culprit in the sales spike, as its release has yielded more than a million sales since its Aug. 27 release.
Several other high-profile releases may have helped drive the August sales jump estimates Cowen & Company, including Saints Row IV at 522,000 units sold, Disney Infinity at 225,000 units sold, Splinter Cell: Blacklist at 209,000 units sold, and Pimkin 3 at 185,000 units sold.
Sales could continue to sore with the releases of both Grand Theft Auto 5 on Sept. 17 and Battlefield 4 on Oct. 29.
And with the launching of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in November, 2013 could be the first year in which packaged goods finish in the positive territory since 2008, according to the report.