In a year that retail software found difficult, Xbox Live Arcade in 2010 continued to grow, posting a 16% year-over-year increase in revenues, despite the strengthening of Games on Demand and Indie titles.
The growth was generally across the board, as new releases earned an average of $816,000 per title on the year – up from approximately $720,000 among new releases the year prior. The top title in terms of units, Capcom’s ‘Dead Rising 2: Case Zero’ saw just under 700,000 units sold at $5.00 per unit. Playdead’s highly-reviewed platformer ‘LIMBO’ was the highest grossing Arcade game, having recorded roughly $7.5 million in revenues by years’ end.
The statistics are per the Research & Analysis division of analyst firm Forecasting & Analyzing Digital Entertainment, who stated that Microsoft set a new record in 2010, as Xbox LIVE Arcade grew to a total estimated revenue of $122 million for the year. This was put down to well planned promotions throughout the year, such as ‘Summer of Arcade’ and ‘Block Party’.
Top Selling Titles, by Units Sold in 2010
- Dead Rising 2: Case Zero (Blue Castle Games/Capcom) – 689,000 Units
- Trials HD (RedLynx, LTD) – 553,000 Units
- LIMBO (Playdead) – 527,000 Units
- Castle Crashers (The Behemoth) – 415,000 Units
- Toy Soldiers (Signal Studios) – 383,000 Units
- Family Game Night [Various Titles (Hasbro)] – 294,000 Units
- Monday Night Combat (Uber Entertainment) – 293,000 Units
- Perfect Dark (Rare) – 279,000 Units
- Battlefield 1943 (EA Dice) – 268,000 Units
- Deadliest Warrior: The Game (Pipeworks Software) – 210,000 Units