Starfield Contributes to 10% Year-to-Year Growth in Game Spending in September

todd howard


todd howard

Bethesda’s newest space exploration RPG, Starfield, has a new feature that it can stick on its cap. That’s because the game has attained the No. 1 spot in Circana’s best-selling games in the United States for September.

Circana’s Executive Director Mat Piscatella broke the news on his official X account. Aside from posting cumulative video game industry sales for September, Piscatella also posted a graphic of the top-selling games in the US for that month.

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Credit: X/ Mat Piscatella

According to the picture, Starfield led the list for September, followed closely by Warner Bros. Games’ Mortal Kombat 1 and Electronic Arts’ EA Sports FC 24. Starfield edged out of the top spot Madden NFL, also by Electronic Arts, which is now at the no. 4 spot.

Circana’s data also indicated a 13% year-on-year growth in spending for video game content, from $3.4 billion in September 2022 to $3.8 billion last month. Video game accessories sales grew 11%, while video game hardware spending fell 8%.

Overall, video game sales jumped 10% last month compared to the previous year, hitting $4.5 billion compared to September 2023’s $4.07 billion. As the top-selling game, Starfield has a massive part in contributing to this 10% growth, especially since it took only three weeks to top the 10-million mark in player count.

Starfield also previously contributed to a significant growth in sales of Xbox consoles, both Series S and X, in the United Kingdom by 76% for the week ended September 2.

It was recently announced to be part of the three most-played games on Xbox, settling comfortably in third place.

This is but the start for Bethesda’s most successful game in history. There’s plenty to look forward to, including updates integrating native DLSS support for Nvidia GPUs and, of course, the Shattered Space DLC.

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