According to market research firm, NPD, the total consumer spending on game sales in the U.S. reached a record $60.4b in 2021, an 8% increase compared to the year prior.
Game content spending, which includes digital games, DLC, and subscriptions across consoles, mobile, PC, portable, and VR hardware, reached $51.7 billion, making up 85% of last year’s consumer spending on games in the U.S.
Spending on game accessories reached $2.7 billion in 2021, a 2% uptick year-over-year.
Hardware sales generated $6 billion in revenue, up from $5.3 billion in 2020.
The Nintendo Switch finished as the best-selling console in unit and dollar sales.
Last year, spending on mobile games increased 14% compared to the year prior.
For the 13th consecutive year, Activision Blizzard’s “Call of Duty” series topped the annual U.S. gaming title sales charts. “Call of Duty: Vanguard” was the best-selling game of 2021, followed by “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.”
Activision Blizzard posted $2.07 billion in revenue in Q3 2021, up 5.9% year-over-year.