Video Game Spending In The US For Q1 2022 Dropped, But That’s No Surprise

The NPD Group has released the results of a US video game industry report for Q1 2022, showing declines across the board, but the downturn was always expected given the impact of the pandemic.

Spending on video games increased during the height of the pandemic, so results in 2022 were always going to look weak by comparison. For Q1 2022, total spending across hardware, content, and accessories was $13.9 billion, down 8% compared to Q2 2021. Accessories fell by the biggest percentage, dipping 16%, with hardware spending falling 15%, and games spending dropping by 7%.

Despite the declines in Q1 2022, the US video game industry is still trending “well above” pre-pandemic levels, NPD’s Mat Piscatella said. Spending likely fell in Q1 2022 due to a return to “experiential” spending, Piscatella said, as well as a lack of availability of new consoles. Additionally, many US citizens received a stimulus payment in Q1 2021, driving higher spending on games.

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Author: Eddie Makuch