Video Game Spending Climbs to $1.6 Billion in March, Up 35% From Last Year

$3 billion has been spent on games globally to date this year

Video game enthusiasts spent more than $1.6 billion on gaming hardware, software and accessories in March, a 35% increase from the previous year, according to data from analytics firm NPD Group.

The figure marks the highest reported spend in March since 2008. NPD Group analysts attributed the spike to social distancing mandates put into place to combat the spreading COVID-19 pandemic.

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Samson Amore

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