After almost a year of straight declines, video game hardware and software sales are finally on the way up according to market research group NPD. Total game sales climbed by 6 percent from the same month a year earlier to $1.52 billion helped in large part by big console releases such as God of War 3, Final Fantasy XIII, and Battlefield Bad Company 2.
The industry overall was predicting a slight pickup in March, but estimates pegged it at a slightly more conservative 3 percent said Electronic Entertainment Design and Research analyst Jesse Divnich. Overall the industry is still down considerably since the start of the recession having shed almost 7 percent during that period, but any improvement is a positive signal.
Activision Blizzard who didn't have any major releases in the first quarter are also predicting a bump in revenues based on continuing strong demand for World of Warcraft and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.