When it comes to spending money on video games, nobody does it quite like the US of A, with research finding that Americans spent over $25 billion on the things in 2009.

The exact figures is $25,300,000,000, a tally made all the more frightening considering it doesn't include new hardware or new accessory sales. Factor those in and you're looking at another $10 billion on top of it.

Also disclosed as part of the report from Dutch firm Newzoo is the fact retail sales only make up 54% of the total spent, with the rest going on things like downloadable content, digital games and MMO subscriptions.

As for the breakdown of those figures, in the US $15 billion was spent on console games in 2009, $4 billion on PC games and over $2 billion on subscriptions to games like World of Warcraft.

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Americans spend $25.3B each year on video games [VentureBeat]