Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Pachter Predicts Massive Year-On-Year Drop In NPD’s June Sales Report

Pachter Predicts Massive Year-On-Year Drop In NPD’s June Sales Report

Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter isn’t looking for good news when the NPD Group releases its June videogame sales report, instead he predicts there’ll be a 34 percent year-over-year drop compared to the same time last year.

Pachter blames the dismal report on a “lackluster” games lineup, with Pokemon 2 and Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes topping the charts, followed by Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and Spec Ops: The Line – Lollipop Chainsaw is also expected to put up acceptable numbers.

“In this unprecedented eighth year of the console cycle, we believe there are few new intellectual properties to reinvigorate interest in the games sector/ Consumers have been offered a never-ending series of sequels, and have been offered fewer choices each year for the last several years, with the result being waning interest in new software purchases and an unprecedented three years of software sales declines,” Pachter said.

“The poster children for limiting consumer choice are Activision, Electronic Arts and THQ, with each company offering 50 percent as many titles as they offered several years ago, with only one new intellectual property launched among the three companies over the last year.”

NPD’s sales figures have fallen every month since last November.

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  • benzo

    I have to agree with this. Mr. Patcher is correct in my opinion….this time lol. 2013 sales rebound industry wide due to new consoles and NEW IPS.

  • nick

    was last june really any better though?
    cant remember to be honest, only half decent game i can remember from last june was infamous 2 and that was the biggest disappointment of the generation!
    had such high hopes for that!
    this junes been allot better though!
    the amazing spiderman turned out to be one of the very few movie based games that did not suck, leggo batman 2 turned out really well and spec ops is proving shooters can and should have a gripping story!
    hell of allot better than the crap we were stuck with last year!

  • Ernice Gilbert

    @Benzo: Yeah, sad sales numbers…

    @Nick: It was slightly better, I think.