U.S. game spending hits record $1.46 billion under COVID lockdowns

April 2020 delivers record game spending in the United States, driven by Switch hardware, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and COVID lockdown measures.

Published May 22, 2020 2:34 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:43 AM CST
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COVID-19 lockdowns have helped the games industry reach new record $1.46 billion, the highest all-time earnings for April.

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Today the NPD Group delivered its April 2020 games report, and the results are mind-boggling. US spending on games reached a historic high of $1.46 billion, up 73% year-over-year and become the best-performing April month in the country's history.

U.S. game spending hits record $1.46 billion under COVID lockdowns 1

Hardware rose by an astronomical 163% to $420 million and boosted April '20 as the highest-earning HW sales month since April '08. The huge spike was driven primarily by Nintendo Switch sales, but PS4 and Xbox One sales were also up 160% YoY. NPD Group's Mat Piscatella notes that the Switch is now the best-selling console of all time in the U.S. year-to-date, overshadowing Nintendo's legendary Wii console.

Software is up 55% to $662 million, driven by massive heavy-hitters like Animal Crossing, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and catalog games like Modern Warfare and GTA V. April 2020 likewise set a new monthly record for software sales in the U.S.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake was the best-selling game of April 2020 and is now the biggest U.S. sales debut for the franchise's history. It's worth noting that digital sales of Animal Crossing: New Horizons weren't tracked in the data.

Other interesting tidbits: Two Call of Duty games sit on the top-10 list, and three Take-Two games are in the best-sellers, including GTA V.

Top 10 best-selling games in April 2020:

  1. Final Fantasy VII Remake
  2. CoD: Modern Warfare
  3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  4. NBA 2K20
  5. GTA V
  6. Resident Evil 3
  7. CoD: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered
  8. Madden NFL 20
  9. Red Dead Redemption 2
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Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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