US Game Spending Up Again For The 13th Straight Month

The industry-tracking NPD Group released its March 2021 report today, showing another increase in US game spending for the 13th consecutive month.
US gaming spending last month was up 18% year-over-year to $5.6 billion, according to the NPD Group.
A 47% increase in sales to $680 million was witnessed in the hardware sector.
In March, Nintendo’s Switch led in both unit sales and dollar sales, but the PlayStation 5 continues to perform well enough to bring in the most dollar sales of any platform so far in 2018.
In terms of lifetime dollar and unit sales the PS5 is the most successful console in US history so far.
For software, gamers spent almost $4.6 billion worldwide across consoles, mobiles, PCs, cloud-based services, and subscriptions.
Despite securing top spot in February, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (physical copies only) dropped to fourth place in March, giving the title back to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.
Between those two titles were two new games, Capcom’s Switch-exclusive Monster Hunter Rise and People Can Fly shooter Outriders. Rise achieved the second best launch month ever for a Monster Hunter game in terms of dollar sales, behind only Monster Hunter World.
And even though it first arrived last October, “Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time” took a full 50 positions above its February chart position when it made its March debut on Switch, Xbox X|S, and PS5.
In addition, accessories soared 26% to $300 million, with the PS5 DualSense controller being the best-selling peripheral of the month.
In April 2020, American corporations faced COVID-19 closures and emergency shelter-at-home measures for the first time, resulting in tougher year-over-year comparisons.
As of April 2016, the NPD reported spending on games up 73% year-over-year. (At the time, NPD’s monthly report didn’t include mobile spending, subscriptions, and other major factors that impacted consumer spending.)

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