Shooters Outsold by Action Games in the United States Last Year

Shooters Outsold by Action Games in the United States Last Year

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.

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