Total industry spending for video game hardware, software, and accessories from Dec. 31 through Feb. 3, 2017 increased 59 percent to $1.096 billion compared to last year, according to analysis from The NPD Group.
Video games hardware sales compared to the same period last year increased 119 percent from $127 million last year to $278 million this year; video games software increased 51 percent from $343 million last year to $517 million this year; and video games accessories increased 37 percent from $220 million last year to $301 million this year.
“January 2018 spending across video game hardware, software and accessories grew 59 percent when compared to a year ago, to $1.1 billion. Spending gains were seen across all categories. January 2018 total industry sales of $1.1 billion is the highest January industry total since 2011,” says Mat Piscatella, NPD’s video game analyst.
The top 10 games for the period based on dollar sales in August across all platforms are Monster Hunter: World, Dragon Ball: Fighterz, Call of Duty: WWII, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, Grand Theft Auto V, NBA 2k18, Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8, and Madden NFL 18.