Xbox Live Arcade doubles revenue in 2012

XBLA has a healthy 2012 thanks to Minecraft and other titles

February 2, 2013
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Microsoft’s Xbox Live Arcade service saw strong growth in 2012, primarily due to the popularity of some big games.

Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) pulled in the big bucks, and earned Microsoft a cool $290 million, which was double that of 2011’s revenue.

Minecraft was one of the big hitters, and the sandbox block-building game roped in an estimated $97.4 million, and sold more than 500,000 copies in December 2012 alone.

“Minecraft has been beyond impressive”, said Benjamin Schlichter, Director of Research & Analysis at Forecasting & Analyzing Digital Entertainment (FADE). “Not only is it the top-grossing title in XBLA history, it achieved the feat in approximately three weeks”.

There were some other impressive showings on XBLA in 2012:

Estimated Top Ten XBLA Titles in 2012, Ordered by Gross Revenues

  • Minecraft (4J Studios) – 4,997,000 Units / $97,388,000
  • Trials Evolution (RedLynx, LTD) – 1,002,000 Units / $14,298,000
  • The Walking Dead (TellTale Games) – 2,615,000 Units / $10,277,000
  • Counterstrike: GO (Valve) – 273,000 Units / $3,973,000
  • Castle Crashers (The Behemoth) – 252,000 Units / $3,778,000
  • Gotham City Impostors (Monolith Productions) – 258,000 / $3,698,000
  • I Am Alive (Ubisoft) – 245,000 Units / $3,609,000
  • Tony Hawk’s PS HD (Robomodo) – 226,000 Units / $3,261,000
  • Alan Wake’s American Nightmare (Remedy Entertainment) – 206,000 Units / $2,903,000
  • Trials HD (RedLynx, LTD) – 203,000 / $2,799,000

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Tags: arcade gaming, gaming in 2012, headline, Microsoft, Microsoft earnings, Minecraft, XBLA, Xbox Live, xbox live arcade

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