Sales of video games in the United States: First quarter 2022
They decreased compared to the corresponding quarter of 2021
Sales on video games in America fell in the first quarter of 2022, which is to be expected since we had a lockdown in the first quarter of 2021, while at the same time this year the war in Ukraine has increased prices for basic goods, plus consoles are still scarce.
The NPD Group released its quarterly results, which found that total spending on hardware, games and peripherals was $ 13.9 billion, down 8% from the second quarter of 2021. Peripherals were down the most, down 16%, with spending on hardware down 15% and spending on games down 7%.
Despite the cuts for the first quarter of 2022, the US video game industry is still higher than it was before the pandemic, said NPD’s Mat Piscatella. Expenditures also decreased in the first quarter of 2022 due to the lack of consoles. For the first quarter of 2022, the Switch sold the most units, but the Xbox series family of systems recorded the most sales in dollars due to higher prices. In terms of games, From Software’s Elden Ring was the best-selling game.
For the content category, subscription services led the way in growth, with average digital profit percentages compared to the first quarter of 2021.