Minecraft tops Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade games for 2012

Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade reached revenues of $290 million for the year 2012, magnifying the previous year's reported revenue by twofold, according to the Research & Analysis division of analyst firm Forecasting & Analyzing Digital Entertainment, LLC (FADE).

FADE attributes the revenue growth to hit titles such as 4J Studios' Minecraft, which sold 4.5 million units for a gross of $97 million. RedLynx's Trials Evolution tailed with 1 million units at $14 million and TellTale Games' The Walking Dead ran third place with 2.6 million units at $10.2 million.

Valve's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive hovered behind in fourth with 273,000 units sold for $3.9 million.

The remaining five clump together with relatively little disparity for units sold and gross revenue:

  1. Minecraft (4J Studios) — 4,997,000 Units / $97.4 million
  2. Trials Evolution (RedLynx, LTD) — 1,002,000 Units / $14.3 million
  3. The Walking Dead (TellTale Games) — 2,615,000 Units / $10.2 million
  4. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve) — 273,000 Units / $3.9 million
  5. Castle Crashers (The Behemoth) — 252,000 Units / $3.8 million
  6. Gotham City Impostors (Monolith Productions) — 258,000 / $3.7 million
  7. I Am Alive (Ubisoft) — 245,000 Units / $3.6 million
  8. Tony Hawk's PS HD (Robomodo) — 226,000 Units / $3.2 million
  9. Alan Wake's American Nightmare (Remedy Entertainment) — 206,000 Units / $2.9 million
  10. Trials HD (RedLynx, LTD) — 203,000 / $2.8 million

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