Video game sales contracted for the first time in 14 months in April as restrictions were eased during the month, according to SeekingAlpha.

  • Sales declined 2% year-on-year to $4.645 billion based on data released by data analytics firm NPD Group.
  • Hardware sales for the month fell 30% to $295 million, and accessory sales dropped 23% to $168 million.
  • Content sales for the month rose 2% to $4.18 billion. Top selling content for the month were MLB: The Show 21, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, New Pokemon Snap, Square Enix, and Outriders.
  • April marked the first year-on-year decline since February 2020, when major manufacturers were in the process of designing their next generation consoles.
  • Sales surged by 73% in April 2020, as demand soared amid the widespread lockdowns due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Year-to-date, hardware sales gained 42% while accessory sales climbed 22% to $885 million.

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