NPD – Q4 2011 used games sales in UK hit nearly £100M, US $521.2M

Thursday, 31st May 2012 14:09 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

NPD has released used and digital figures for the UK, US, France and Germany for Q4 2011. In the UK, used game sales were close to £100 million, while the used market in the US was over $521 million.

The UK

NPD has said used game sales in the UK during Q4 2011 hit £90 million ($141.9M) during the holiday season, which is 10% of the £780 million in new, boxed games sales GfK Chart-Track reported for the period.

Used game sales were tracking just slightly ahead of the £87.1 million spent on digital, according to NPD.

Total spend on used, digital, subscription, mobile, rental and social during Q4 2011 was £323.9 million – 40% of total spend on boxed items.

US market

In the US, used game sales for Q4 2011 came in at $521.2 million, with digital hitting $490.9 million. Spend on subscription-based games was $240.3 million for the period, and $560 million was spent on mobile titles.

During Q4, US consumers spent $73 million on game rentals and $156.4 million was spent on social network games.

Total spend in the US on used, digital, subscription, mobile, rental and social during Q4 2011 was $2.04 billion.

The data was released as part of NPD’s report which looks into games sales of used and digital revenue sources.

Figures for France, and Germany as well as expanded numbers for the UK are posted in an image below.

Thanks, MCV.



  1. Stephany Nunneley

    US figures are now in there – and there’s some information for France and Germany as well.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Gekidami

    Thats round about 815 million dollars just for taking games off of people and reselling them, and the devs & publishers didnt see a red cent of it.

    And then people wonder why publishers are starting to hate the used games market.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Kabby

    Used sales exist in every market. It’s the new ‘piracy is killing games’ shenanigans.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Lounds

    No one questions the used car market, yet games they do, this is bs, retailers should have the right to sell used games.

    #4 3 years ago

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