US industry analysts NPD have reported that the US has once again smashed records for game sales. With Q3 2020 being the biggest summer on record.
Total consumer spending hit $11.2bn (£8.52bn) between July and September. That’s a rise of 24 per cent year-on-year, up from $10.04bn in 2019. Gains were seen across the board, with spending up on physical software, digital console and PC sales, as well as mobile, subscription, hardware and accessories. Everyone’s a winner.
The top performing games were Among Us, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Fortnite, Ghost of Tsushima, Madden NFL 21, Marvel’s Avengers, Minecraft, NBA 2K21, Paper Mario: The Origami King, Super Mario 3D All-Stars and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2
“We continue to see more video game players, playing for more hours, across more devices,” said Mat Piscatella, games industry analyst at The NPD Group. “We can anticipate another record-breaking quarter in Q4, in large part due to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles entering the market with one of the fastest-selling consoles in U.S. history, the Nintendo Switch.”