Fortnite | Source: Epic Games

Gamers keep gaming on.

That’s the overwhelming message delivered in The NPD Group‘s Q1 2021 Games Market Dynamics: U.S. report. The latest data shows that gamers in the U.S. leveled up by spending $14.92 billion across console, PC, and mobile gaming, including hardware, software, accessories, and subscriptions — a 30% increase over the January-March of last year.

Hardware — driven by the continued dominance of the Nintendo Switch and new consoles, including Sony’s PlayStation 5 and the Microsoft Xbox Series X|S — spiked 82% in the quarter while accessories jumped 42%. NPD says that content spending reached $12.8 billion.

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Q1 2021 best-selling and most-played games

  • Among Us
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  • Candy Crush Saga
  • Fortnite
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Mario Kart 8
  • Minecraft
  • Super Mario 3D All-Stars
  • Super Mario 3D World

The NPD Group’s Games Market Dynamics: U.S. report tracks consumer spend on the video game category, including purchases of video games hardware, content, and accessories while providing insight on trends across physical sales — both new and used — along with game rentals, digital sales, DLC, mobile gaming, and more.