Gamefest 2007: the fabulous numbers of XBLA
During a pair of presentations at Microsoft's XNA Gamefest 2007, lots of Xbox Live Arcade stats have come to light. In brief, the service is doing very well. Firstly, Microsoft predicts that by the end of 2007, Xbox Live Arcade will have hosted 45 million downloads and will offer over 100 games. The company also predicts a healthy 156% average financial return for Xbox Live Arcade games over a 12 month period. Not too shabby. There are also many stats regarding which game has been played the longest (UNO), and which game has seen the most players (TMNT 1989). As for sales, Street Fighter II is the current champ, followed by UNO and TMNT 1989. An interesting note, XBLA games actually have a very good shelf life, as only 35% of total game sales occur within the first two months of availability.
All in all, XBLA looks to be doing just fine. Now just imagine what would happen if everyone actually knew about it.