Well that is slightly more difficult than expected. No one will give out figures and all I get from the suppliers is that there product is doing as well as expected. Or it is beating forecasts but since they won’t share the forecasts then it means nothing.
So I approached the retailers and was told that they are not allowed to give out numbers. However I have had some success on software sales from www.Take2.co.za
They have been kind enough to provide me with the sales percentages for their gaming division since March (PS3 launch) this year for hardware and software. However since they stopped selling the PS3 for some of this period I think it is only fair to not display these figures and only show the software figures.
So what flavour gaming does South Africa like best?
1. PC Games – 53%
2. PS2 – 22.9%
3. Xbox 360 – 9.1%
4. PSP – 6.6%
5. Nintendo DS – 3%
6. PS3 – 2.3%
7. Wii 1.4%
The remaining percentage was taken up by Gamecube, GBA, PS1 and Xbox.
So it is quite obvious that PC gaming is still the mainstay of South African gaming followed by the PS2 with the 360 clawing it’s way up.
So what do you think of our first ever gaming sales charts? I would like this to become a monthly regular so if you have any contacts in the retail business and can wangle some sales figures please drop me a line.
A big thanks to Renier from Take2.co.za for this information as well, now be nice guys and buy your next game from them. Take2.co.za has really worked hard over the years to keep us up to date with game imports especially as Microsoft (Live) and Nintendo (DS) are still not officially importing our goods.
Last Updated: October 26, 2007