The analytics company Circana provided an update on the state of the American gaming market in April. Here are the key points from the report.

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  • In April, U.S. consumers spent $4.09 billion on video games, gaming hardware, and accessories. This is 3% less than the previous year.
  • Video game sales amounted to $3.73 billion (+2%), hardware sales were $208 million (-43%), and accessory sales were $152 million (-4%).

  • The best-selling console, both in terms of dollar sales and units, remained the PlayStation 5. Dollar sales for the Nintendo Switch dropped by 69%.
  • PlayStation Portal was the best-selling accessory of the month.
  • The top 5 best-selling games in April were: Stellar Blade, Helldivers 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III, Skull and Bones, and Fallout 4. Fallout 4 entered the top rankings due to the popularity of the Amazon show, and Fallout 76 also made it into the top ten, ranking eighth.
  • Call of Duty HQ ranked first in monthly active players on PlayStation 5. On Xbox Series, Fortnite led in this metric, while on Steam, it was Helldivers 2.


Matt Piscatella