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PlayStation Plus members top 100k - report

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World headed PSN game sales in the second half of 2010

A new report from analyst firm Forecasting & Analyzing Digital Entertainment (FADE) has provided some interesting insight into PlayStation Network sales and user numbers.

The research firm estimates that paying PlayStation Plus members now top 100,000, while PSN game sales grew 40 percent in the second half of 2010 to $49.4 million (£30.7m).

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The firm said Ubisoft's Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - a timed-exclusive release on PSN - was the top selling title for the second half of the year, while Castle Crashers was the top-grossing game during the period.

"In 2009, Microsoft enjoyed a 2:1 sales advantage for multi-platform titles launching simultaneously," said Benjamin Schlichter, FADE's director of research and analysis.

"Today, that advantage is nearly even with first-month typical sales being 55/45 among new titles like Costume Quest, Pac-Man CE DX, and X-Men Arcade."

Top selling PSN titles by units sold, July-December 2010
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (Ubisoft) - 190,000 Units
Castle Crashers (The Behemoth) - 143,000 Units
ZEN Pinball (Zen Studios) - 127,000 Units
Dead Nation (Housemarque) - 122,000 Units
Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 (SEGA) - 113,000 Units
Critter Crunch (Capybara Games) - 100,000 Units
Blacklight: Tango Down (Ignition Entertainment) - 97,000 Units
DeathSpank (Hothead Games) - 97,000 Units
Pac-Man CE DX (Namco Bandai) - 96,000 Units
Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse (Telltale Games) - 80,000 Units

FADE said last month that Xbox Live Arcade generated record revenues in 2010, up 16 percent year-over-year to an estimated $122 million (£76m).

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