Video game sales in the United States has reached an all time high. American consumers spent more this past quarter on video games and systems than ever before, some $10.9 billion, which is a 9% increase from last year’s numbers. The first quarter period is only from January to March, which means many suspect the industry to pull in even more money throughout the second quarter and the summer.
Due to the coronavirus, the world has been kept indoors since at least mid-March (here in the United States). According to data analysts, game sales and in-game micro transactions made up $9.6 billion of the $10.9 billion figure. Top titles were reported being 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.
When it comes to system sales, Nintendo leads the way. The company’s sales of the Nintendo Switch platforms outperformed other consoles including the Xbox One and PS4. And just so everyone is aware of this truth, just try to find a Nintendo Switch right now and chances are you won’t be able to find it in stock. Nintendo plans to amp up production during summer.
But Nintendo shall act swiftly, as the Xbox One Series X and the PlayStation 5 are on their way to consumers by the end of the year.
While the indoor orders are still present, more and more people have found themselves playing video games and trying new things, and the trend is said to continue through summer 2020 and beyond.