NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. retail sales of video games and gaming systems fell 22 percent in December, capping a year of declining sales for the industry.
Research firm NPD Group said Thursday that overall sales fell to $3.21 billion from $4.1 billion in December 2011. NPD estimates that sales of new game hardware, software and accessories account for about half of what consumers spend on gaming.
"Call of Duty: Black Ops II" from Activision Blizzard Inc. was December's top game.
For all of 2012, total game sales dropped 22 percent to $13.26 billion.