Video game sales spike as we all shelter in place
While we stayed home through the first of the year, we bought a record number of video games.
As US gamers stayed home during the first quarter of the year because of the coronavirus pandemic, they spent a record $10.86 billion on games, hardware and accessories, according to a report from The NPD Group analytics firm, up 9 percent from the year-ago quarter.
For the first quarter, $9.58 billion was spent just on games, up 11 percent from a year ago. Driving the recording-setting quarter were 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 were among the best-performing titles of the first quarter.