According to analysts at the NPD Group, the US video game market is breaking records for the second quarter in a row. The total amount that US residents spent on games, consoles, and accessories from April to June reached $ 11.6 billion.
This is 30% more than in the same period in 2019, and 7% more than in the first quarter of 2020 – from January to March, this figure was slightly less than 10.9 billion.
The biggest increase in spending in a year was on consoles. Revenue from sales of Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and other devices totaled $ 848 million, up 57% from a year earlier.
As noted analyst Matt Piskatella on his Twitter, the number of people who play on multiple platforms continues to grow. For example, every third American who owns a PS4 or Xbox One has both. And at least 82% of PS4, Xbox One, or Switch owners played not only on consoles but also on mobile devices in the quarter.
In turn, sales of the games themselves grew by less than a third – users spent 10.2 billion on physical and digital copies, as well as DLC and subscription services. NPD did not provide a full-fledged sales chart, but they named the list of the most successful titles of the quarter by revenue – in no particular order:
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
- Call of Duty: Warzone
- candy Crush Saga
- Candy crush soda saga
- Final fantasy vii remake
- Grand theft auto v
- Mario kart 8 deluxe
- NBA 2K20
- Pokémon go
- The Last of Us: Part II