Shooters Outsold by Action Games in the United States Last Year

on July 15, 2013 4:45 PM

Considering how popular and prominent the shooter genre always seems to be, you’d think they’d be the best selling genre overall between games. Turns out that in 2012 they weren’t, at least not in the United States.

The Entertainment Software Association released a study based on sales data gathered by the NPD Group, with a breakdown of the units moved by each video game genre compared to the total.

According to the study, the result of which you can see portrayed in the pie chart below, action games sold the 22.3% of the total, beating shooters (21.2%) by over two percentile points. In third place sports games hold fast with a 15.3%. Looks like Americans still love their Madden.


 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.