NPD lifts the lid on size of alternative games market

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While ISFE boasts an impressive survey of European gamers, NPD is for the first time sharing its data on non-new, non-boxed video game sales in the UK via MCV.

Its latest report in the Q4 2011 spending on areas like pre-owned, rental, subscription and digital games reveals just how big – or, indeed, small – these categories are.

Some are proving to be as strong as ever, while others, such as social network games, are smaller than some may think.