Positive footnote for Xbox Live in a tough month for video games

Microsoft’s Xbox Live 1600-point game card was the top-selling accessory for the month for the second month in a row — coming out ahead of game controllers, memory units and other items, according to NPD. The $20 cards can be bought at retail, as an alternative to using a credit card online, giving gamers points for purchasing games and other items on the Xbox Live system.

The research firm’s video-game industry analyst, Anita Frazier, pointed out the result at the end of her monthly summary to underscore the rise of downloadable games as an alternative to traditional retail. Microsoft reported 23 million Xbox Live members as of the end of 2009, up from 17 million a year earlier.

Published by Steve Banfield

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