State of the market
May 2020 tracked spending across Video Game Hardware, Software, Accessories and Game Cards totaled $977 million, 52 percent higher when compared to a year ago. This is the highest tracked spend for a May month since the $1.2 billion achieved in May 2008.
Year-to-date tracked spending across Video Game Hardware, Software, Accessories and Game Cards reached $5.5 billion, increasing 18 percent when compared to a year ago. This is the highest total for the year-to-date period since 2011 ($5.7 billion).
Dollar sales of tracked Video Game Software gained 67 percent in May compared to a year ago, to $438 million. This is the highest total achieved since the $487 million reached in May 2010.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare returns as the best-selling game of the month. No new releases ranked among the top 10 best-sellers.
Mortal Kombat 11 is the 5th best-selling game of May 2020. It is the highest the title has ranked on the monthly chart since it was the third best-selling game of June 2019. Mortal Kombat 11 is currently the 5th best-selling fighting game in US history.
Hardware spending grew 56 percent in May 2020 when compared to a year ago, to $235 million. This is the highest total for an May month since the $239 million total achieved in May 2010. YTD spending reached $1.4 billion, increasing 34 percent compared to a year ago.
Nintendo Switch was once again the best-selling hardware platform of May in both unit and dollar sales. Nintendo Switch unit sales were the highest for an individual platform in a May month since the Nintendo DS in May 2009.
Year-to-date dollar sales of Nintendo Switch remain the highest of any hardware platform in US history. The previous high was set by the Nintendo Wii in the year-to-date period ending May 2008.
May 2020 spending on Accessories and Game Cards reached $304 million, increasing 32 percent when compared to a year ago. Year-to-date spending has increased 12 percent, to $1.6 billion.
Gamepads, Headsets/Headphones and Steering Wheels all set new May dollar sales records.
The Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller is the best-selling Accessory both of May and year-to-date in dollar sales.