According to a new report by market researcher NPD Group, US consumers spent a total of $ 10.86 billion on game-related products in the first quarter. That was an increase of 9 percent compared to the same quarter last year.
Video content sales were up 11 percent year-on-year and amounted to $ 8.86 billion. The sharp increases are the result of the lockdowns due to the corona virus, which means that people have to enjoy themselves at home.
Best-selling games included Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, DOOM Eternal, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, Fortnite, Grand Theft Auto V, Minecraft, MLB The Show 20, and NBA 2K20.
Game consoles sales declined, but the Nintendo Switch’s strong growth made up for it. The console market as a whole rose by 2 percent, good for 715 million euros. Sales of game accessories, such as gamepads, headphones and other peripherals, increased slightly by 1 percent.
Whether the game sales in the US will be that high in the next quarter remains to be seen, as more than a quarter of the US population is in danger of becoming unemployed due to the corona crisis.