The NPD Group has released its latest monthly sales report for the US video game industry, and May 2022 saw the lowest monthly spending since just before the pandemic in February 2020.
Total spending in May 2022 fell 19% year-over-year to $3.7 billion. The last time a monthly spend in the US was this low was February 2020 when spending reached $3.5 billion. It is perhaps not all that surprising to a decline in May 2022, as life returns to “normal” for some people following a pandemic period that saw big gains as people stayed home and bought and played more games. May 2022 also had a lack of major new releases, while supply constraints continue to impact console availability. Additionally, there is the ongoing threat of inflation that might be leading some to spend money on anything besides video games.
Hardware sales slipped 11% to $216 million in May 2022. The Nintendo Switch was the top-seller for units and dollar sales in May 2022, while the Switch remains the best-selling console of 2022 in terms of unit sales. The Xbox Series X|S family of consoles, meanwhile, drove the most dollar sales during the past year due to the platform’s comparatively higher price point. No sales data for PlayStation consoles was provided.
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