The first half of 2021 was good for video game sales in the US
By Bob Garcia
Almost $29 billion in sales for the video game industry in the first six months of 2021
The first half of the year has officially closed, and it looks like the numbers represented by video game sales have eaten a Mario Bros. mushroom as they have grown in a big way. Many would have thought that video game sales would have peaked at this same time last year, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, 2021 has shown that the trend has continued to rise and the industry continues to flourish.
According to NPD Group’s report, consumer spending on video game software, hardware, and accessories reached $28.9 billion in the first half of this year, which is up 15% over what was reported in the same period during 2020. It seems that the gaming boom has not been affected by the consequences brought by the pandemic closures, quite the contrary, and in some parts, it makes sense, as gamers have been staying at home spending more time with their consoles.
Hardware sales are said to be up 112% last month and, overall, up 45% this year, which seems to be quite considerable. Microsoft X and S Series consoles led the charge in total dollar spending last month, while Nintendo Switch remains the most dominant console when it comes to units sold.
So far, 2021 has been looking pretty good for this industry where large numbers of people continue to benefit. The gaming universe continues to grow as technology also continues to advance, as more and more new innovations are released and this undoubtedly continues to appeal to a large portion of the population, even when they are not considered part of the gaming community.