"Video Games have brought comfort and connection to millions during this challenging time," says Mat Piscatella, games industry analyst, The NPD Group. "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."
Sales of video game content reached $9.58 billion in the first quarter, up 11 percent when compared to a year ago. Digital console and PC content, mobile and subscription spending, as well as hardware and accessories categories saw gains over the year.
Games such as “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare,”
Sales of video game accessories, including gamepads, headsets, cases and other peripherals increased one percent in the first quarter, reaching $503 million.
Strong growth in sales of Nintendo Switch hardware and software helped to offset declines across other hardware platforms, leading the overall video game hardware market to increase two percent in the quarter to $773 million.
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