New Launches Steady Volatile Gaming Market
Recent launches dominated the gaming market in the first half of 2000, with 6 titles reporting for the first time. Nintendo magazines suffered badly at the expense of the more popular Sony Playstation and Sega Dreamcast, according to the latest ABC figures for the six-month period to the end of June.
Nintendo Pro lost almost two thirds of its circulation and 64 Magazine and N64 did not fare much better losing a half and a quarter of their circulation respectively.
Computec's Playstation World led the pack racking up over 100,000 sales in it's first audit period with Dennis Publishing's Official Dreamcast Magazine in second place with sales of 51,805.
|Jan - Jun 2000 ABC's - Gaming Magazines|
|Title||Jan 99 - Jun 99||Jan 00 - Jun 00||Actual Change||% Ch|
|64 Magazine||Paragon Publishing||36,456||16,280||-20,176||-55.3|
|Computer & Video Games||Emap||68,210||43,509||-24,701||-36.2|
|Dreamcast Magazine||Paragon Publishing||n/a||21,673||n/a||n/a|
|Dreamcast Monthly||Quay Magazine Publishing||n/a||9,103||n/a||n/a|
|Nintendo Official Magazine||Emap||90,162||71,310||-18,852||-20.9|
|Nintendo Pro||Paragon Publishing||30,215||9,933||-20,282||-67.1|
|Nintendo World||Future Publishing||n/a||12,438||n/a||n/a|
|Official Dreamcast Magazine||Dennis Publishing||n/a||51,805||n/a||n/a|
|Official Playstation Magazine||Future Publishing||385,764||300,459||-85,305||-22.1|
|PC Gamer||Future Publishing||77,220||84,060||6,840||8.9|
|PC Gaming World||Ziff Davis||42,109||40,330||-1,779||-4.2|
|Playstation Max||Future Publishing||62,298||50,723||-11,575||-18.6|
|Playstation Power||Future Publishing||94,231||76,048||-18,183||-19.3|
|Playstation World||Computec Media UK||n/a||100,374||n/a||n/a|
Overall the market remained fairly static, down just 4.2% on last year and Future Publishing held their lead over Paragon and Emap though newcomer is Computec Media, whose new title Playstation World sold over 100,000 copies, earned the publishing company 9% of the market share.
|Gaming Magazines Market Share By Publishing Company|
|Publishing Company||Jan - June 2000|
|Quay Magazine Publishing||9,103||5.97|
|Computec Media UK Ltd||100,374||8.74|
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