The pace of video game sales growth slowed in September after four straight months of double-digit increases, as the console market saw a steep drop from last year.
Worldwide revenues from digital games — those downloaded directly to devices — rose 5 percent year-over-year in the month to a total of $6.2 billion, gaming intelligence firm SuperData Research reported Thursday.
Nevertheless, the top console game publishers are continuing to bolster profits by rolling out new content for previously released titles. In September, Activision Blizzard increased digital revenues for its first-person shooter "Destiny" eight times over to $59.1 million with a new expansion pack, SuperData reported.
The console market "is already a competitive battleground for major AAA publishers, but the growing number of legacy franchises with large bundles of additional content released between sequels will make the platform even more competitive and inhospitable for newcomers," the firm said.