Ahead of the Thursday release of its figures for spending on games in the USA in June - which is expected to be bad news - the NPD Group has released numbers for the first financial quarter. Smiles all round on this one.
In a report called, 'Games Industry: Total Consumer Spend' it states that "consumers spent $2.03 billion on new physical console and PC game software."
Added to this were revenues from digital downloads, used and rented games, mobile games, social network games and game subscriptions, which brought in an additional $1.85 billion.
Total spending in all areas of the gaming market came to $5.9 billion, up 1.5% from the same period last year.
Adding in digital and other streams in this way has enabled it to change its previous estimation spending would be down by 1% in the first quarter.
NPD analyst Anita Frazier commented, "While the new physical retail channel still generates the majority of industry sales, our expanded research coverage allows us to assess the total consumer spend across the growing number of ways to acquire and experience gaming, including mobile apps and downloadable content".