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US games spending hit an all-time quarterly high in Q1 2020

US games spending hit an all-time quarterly high in Q1 2020

Quarterly games revenue through consumer spending hit an all-time high in the US in Q1 2020.

According to a report from The NPD Group – via VGC – the total revenue made last quarter through the games industry, including hardware, software and accessories hit $10.86 billion.

In Q1 2020, some of the best-performing games included Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which is the most-played multiplayer game in the franchise for six years. Doom Eternal has also performed well, and it proved to have the best opening weekend in the series yet.

Other games that performed well last quarter include Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, Fortnite, Minecraft, MLB The Show 20, NBA 2K20 and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Finally, the best-selling game of the last decade in the US and the UK – Grand Theft Auto V – was one of the most prominent games in Q1 2020.

“Video games have brought comfort and connection to millions during this challenging time,” The NPD Group games industry analyst Mat Piscatella.

“As people have stayed at home more, they’ve utilized gaming not only as a diversion and an escape but also as a means of staying connected with family and friends. Whether it was on console or mobile, PC or virtual reality, gaming experienced play and sales growth during the first quarter.”


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Kayleigh is the Staff Writer for PocketGamer.biz. Besides PG and PCGI she has written as a guides writer, specialising in RPG's and horror.

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