Diablo 3 tops May US game sales, who says PC gaming is dead?

PC gaming may not be what it once was, but it is far from dead, as evidenced by the recent NPD sales figures for the United States which revealed Diablo 3 as the top selling game for the month of May.

Diablo 3 is the first PC title since StarCraft 2, which just so happens to be another Blizzard PC-only title, to top the U.S. sales charts. Market research firm NPD calls it a "testament to the power of the Blizzard brand" which it undoubtedly is, but it's also a testament that there are still those who prefer to game on PC.

"Diablo 3 is the top selling title for May, the first time since July 2010 that a PC-only game accomplished this feat. Since the game launched day and date through digital distribution as well, full sales of the title are some multiple of what is reflected in the retail sales," said NPD analyst Anita Frazier of the May figures.

"Starcraft 2 was the title that topped the best-seller list in July 2010, a testament to the power of the Blizzard brand in PC gaming."

On the whole, overall game sales in May took a 28% dip year-over-year dropping from $718.9 million to $516.5 million. Below are the top 10 best-selling games in the U.S. for May 2012.

  1. Diablo 3
  2. Max Payne 3 
  3. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier 
  4. Prototype 2 
  5. NBA 2K12 
  6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 
  7. Sniper Elite V2 
  8. Battlefield 3 
  9. Dragon's Dogma 
  10. Just Dance 3

In other Diablo 3 news, the real-money auction house is now live in both the Americas and in Europe so as of today you can officially begin your second job of selling in-game items for real-life cash. Sweet gig, huh?

Matt Liebl You can follow Senior News Editor Matt Liebl on Twitter @Matt_GZ. He likes games, sports, musicals, and his adorable dog, Wrigley, and his wife.
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