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PC Gaming Ruled May Sales Chart Thanks to Diablo 3

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Diablo 3 ruled the gaming world in the month of May, reports NPD.

Market tracker NPD Group reports that PC gaming ruled the sales chart in May thanks to the release of Blizzard's action-RPG game, Diablo 3. This was the first time since July 2010 that a PC-only game was the best-selling title for the month, the firm said.

"New launches generated 31-percent more dollars this May than they did last May, largely due to the success of Diablo 3," Anita Frazier, the NPD Group's video game industry analyst, said in a statement.

NPD Group said that new releases across all platforms -- PC, consoles and portable devices -- generated 188-percent more in sales than they did in the same time period last year. However overall game software sales were down 28-percent from 2011 to $255.4 million USD, possibly due to 27-percent fewer titles introduced into retail.

The firm also stated that hardware sales fell 39-percent to $139 million, but was offset partly by a 7-percent increase in sales of accessories, to $122 million. Still, E3 2012 seemed a little hopeful despite a no-show on the next generation. "We saw some exciting content at E3 that will come to market in the latter part of the year, and when great content comes to market, gamers are still showing up at the stores to buy it," she said.

In the month of May, Blizzard's Diablo 3 saw one million units sold, trailed by Rockstar Games' Max Payne 3 and Ubisoft's Ghost Recond: Future Soldier, which each sold just above 400,000 units apiece. Both titles "underperformed," according to the firm, which pointed out that Rockstar's L.A. Noire moved nearly 900,000 units this time last year.

Here's the Top 10 list for May:

1. Diablo 3 -- PC -- Activision Blizzard Inc.
2. Max Payne 3 -- Xbox 360, PS3, PC -- Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.
3. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier -- Xbox 360, PS3 -- Ubisoft Group.
4. Prototype 2 -- Xbox 360, PS3 -- Activision Blizzard Inc.
5. NBA 2K12 -- Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2, PC -- Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.
6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 -- Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC -- Activision Blizzard Inc.
7. Sniper Elite V2 -- Xbox 360, PS3 -- 505 Games
8. Battlefield 3 -- Xbox 360, PS3, PC -- Electronic Arts Inc.
9. Dragon's Dogma -- Xbox 360, PS3 -- Capcom USA
10. Just Dance 3 -- Xbox 360, PS3, Wii -- Ubisoft Group.

Note: only four out of ten games on the list above offer a PC version, yet the #1 title for the month of May is a PC-only game.

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    fandroid , June 18, 2012 3:31 PM
    A lot of bad games on the top 10 sales chart.
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    hellfire24 , June 18, 2012 3:26 PM
    hell yeah! proud to be a PC gamer!
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    hoofhearted , June 18, 2012 3:45 PM
    Quote:
    10. Just Dance 3 -- Xbox 360, PS3, Wii -- Ubisoft Group.


    WTF?
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    boyabunda , June 18, 2012 3:23 PM
    Most are FPS games. Hmm...
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    cknobman , June 18, 2012 3:25 PM
    I have not seen anything compelling come out for my Xbox 360 in close to a year.

    But in that same time frame I have purchased PC games Battlefield 3, Portal, Torchlight, and Diablo 3 (yes I know some of those titles are available on console but they were offered so cheap through Steam I went PC route).

    Honestly I can say I am done with this generation of consoles. I just upgraded my PC rig for the first time in 5 years and I plan on playing tons of PC for the foreseeable future. (since I bought an AMD card I also just got 3 more free PC games to play as well!!!).
  • 18 Hide
    hellfire24 , June 18, 2012 3:26 PM
    hell yeah! proud to be a PC gamer!
  • 24 Hide
    fandroid , June 18, 2012 3:31 PM
    A lot of bad games on the top 10 sales chart.
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    beardguy , June 18, 2012 3:33 PM
    I had to buy Max Payne 3 day 1. Excellent game and worth supporting every bit.

    PC gaming to rule them all!
  • 10 Hide
    chuckydb , June 18, 2012 3:33 PM
    First on chart without counting DD.
    That is impressive!!!!
  • 13 Hide
    Microgoliath , June 18, 2012 3:38 PM
    Hopefully this makes game developers wake up and realize if you release a decent game you can still make massive sales/cash on PC platform.
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    noobzilla771 , June 18, 2012 3:43 PM
    fandroidA lot of bad games on the top 10 sales chart.


    Including the #1
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    hoofhearted , June 18, 2012 3:45 PM
    Quote:
    10. Just Dance 3 -- Xbox 360, PS3, Wii -- Ubisoft Group.


    WTF?
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    avaksman , June 18, 2012 3:46 PM
    Cant wait for someone to write an article about how PC gameing is dead!
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    jecho , June 18, 2012 3:46 PM
    Hardware sales fall because of games like Diablo III and any other ported game. There is no need for upgrading hardware when my computer which is 50x an xbox does just fine.
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    cknobman , June 18, 2012 3:51 PM
    jechoHardware sales fall because of games like Diablo III and any other ported game. There is no need for upgrading hardware when my computer which is 50x an xbox does just fine.


    Maybe your meaning is being misinterpreted by me but Diablo III is not a port.

    I really think the hardware sales are falling is more in correlation with console sales and how much they are dropping due to age and market saturation. I dont think the hardware sales are directly referring to PC hardware.
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    EDVINASM , June 18, 2012 3:52 PM
    Don't know who was paying the €50 for Diablo III but it wasn't me that's for sure. Will buy all first 4 top games as have interest but not in spending €200 on games. Feel sad for those who do.
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    monger923 , June 18, 2012 3:56 PM
    The more good PC games that come out, the more PC gamers there will be. I know several people that went and built a new PC mainly to play Diablo 3. Most people were just not bothering to upgrade or replace there old PC because there was very little motivation to do so. Keep rolling out great PC games and see how the Market share will increase. Not just for software, but hardware too.
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    cybrcatter , June 18, 2012 4:10 PM
    Those NPD stats become more useless every year, especially wrt PC titles. Retail sales are only a fraction of total PC game sales.
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    jdamon113 , June 18, 2012 4:10 PM
    waiting for the new Hitman and Thief 4.
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    goodguy713 , June 18, 2012 4:10 PM
    eh.. the only game i like on that list is diablo and battle field 3 .. and its actually reverse order .. all those other games are kinda pointless and i refuse to play modern warfare 3.. just wont do it..
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    shloader , June 18, 2012 4:18 PM
    cknobmanI have not seen anything compelling come out for my Xbox 360 in close to a year.


    Mass Effect 3 was compelling right up to the end (which wasn't compelling at all).
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    Anonymous , June 18, 2012 4:26 PM
    Not bad for a half-game but full price release.
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