The video game market is losing shape! Data from the US shows a change in the world

The video game market is losing shape!  Data from the US shows a change in the world

There are new results for the US video game market. How did the largest market do in the first quarter of 2022? It turns out there are drops!

The US video game market is declining

NPD Group has prepared a new report on the condition of the video game market. It is about selling games, gaming equipment, accessories, subscriptions or micropayments. The best market for the sale of video games is the USA and it is this region of the world that the latest report covers.

The authors of the report compared the first quarter of 2022 with the first quarter of 2021. As it turns out – we have declines. In the first quarter of 2022, $ 13.9 billion was spent in the video game market, down eight percent from the same period a year ago.

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Sales of games alone are $ 12.13 billion, a result weaker by seven percent compared to last year. Interestingly – usually great mobile games also suffered drops. Sales of gaming equipment dropped by 15 percent, and accessories – 16 percent. The only sector that saw increases are subscriptions.

Impact of the pandemic on the video game market

However, the above negative results are special. We are talking about sales data that compete in results with the period when the pandemic was still in an advanced stage, and many people were sitting at home buying record amounts of video games or gaming equipment. Due to the return of employees to companies and students to schools, players simply have less time to play.

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NPD Group also provided a list of titles that performed best on the market in the first quarter of 2022. Here is a list of items that made huge money in the US:

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Call of Duty: Vanguard
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Elden Ring
  • Fortnite
  • Mario Kart 8
  • Mario Party Superstars
  • The Sims 4
  • Roblox
  • NBA 2K22
  • Pokemon Legends: Arceus
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Finally, a curiosity. It turns out that the console that sold the most units in the discussed period is … Nintendo Switch! I wonder if this result is influenced by the poor availability of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X?