Report: Xbox Live Arcade Raking In The Cash

According to a report from Forecasting and Analysing Digital Entertainment (FADE), Xbox Live Arcade is becoming quite the healthy source of income for Microsoft.

Based on FADE's estimates, during 2009 the service racked up $US103.4 million in revenue, an increase of 34 per cent over 2008's figures. This may have been helped by a rise in the average price of games, which went from $US8.33 in 2008 to $US9.12 in 2009.

By listing the revenue accrued by the service's best-selling games, FADE was also able to give us an idea of sales figures, something usually elusive for those following the fortunes of downloadable titles and the platforms they're available on.

For example, it's estimated that Battlefield 1943 sold over 800,000 units, while Castle Crashers - which had a well-publicised discount on the cusp of 2010 - might have sold over a million copies, and that's just during 2009.

FADE's complete top 10 estimated XBLA sales in 2009 is below.

* Battlefield 1943 (EA Dice) - $US12.5 million ($15.00)

* Castle Crashers (The Behemoth) - $US7.3 million ($15.00)

* Trials HD (RedLynx, LTD) - $US7.1 million ($15.00)

* Shadow Complex (Chair Entertainment / Epic Games) - $US6.1 million ($14.38)

* Family Game Night (Hasbro) - $US4.2 million ($9.53)

* Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (Capcom) - $US4.2 million ($15.00)

* Magic: The Gathering (Stainless Games) - $US2.8 million ($10.00)

* Worms 2 (Team 17) - $US1.8 million ($10.00)

* Peggle (PopCap Games) - $US1.8 million ($8.86)

* Turtles in Time: Reshelled (Ubisoft Singapore) - $US1.7 million ($10.00)

Xbox Live Arcade topped $US100m in 2009 []


    It doesn't help (well consumers, but it helps MS) when they make the 5 biggest XBLA titles all 1200 MS Points.

    It's unfair on XBL and PSN - that they make a title that they know will be popular and a big game to a higher price. All games should be priced the same, that is unless they're only worthy of being 400 or less points or IF and only IF they are a title that could even be put on a disc and therefore requires a higher price of 1200 points.

    But still, its crap!


    Oh no! Charging a higher price for higher quality, outrageous! Next you'll be saying that A Bugatti should be priced the same as a Yaris or an Excel..

    Peggle is awsome :D

    Trials HD is awesome... and to the first comment: Supply V Demand.

    The price will rise if the demand is high. Good games = high demand = higher price...

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