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Consumer spending in games continues to trend downward from last year, according to industry tracking company The NPD Group. While subscription spending is showing signs of growth, this was not enough to offset the 11% decline in hardware, content and accessories spending.
Dollar Sales June 2022, Millions June 2021June 2022ChangeTotal Video Game Sales$4,878$4,335-11%Video Game Content (Physical and Digital Full Game, DLC/MTX, and Consumer Expenses for Subscriptions on Console, Cloud, Mobile*, Wearable, PC, and VR Platforms) $4,271 $3,789-11%Video Game Hardware$401$371-8%Video Game Accessories$206$176-15%*Mobile Expenses Provided by Sensor Tower
“In June 2022, consumer spending on video game hardware, content and accessories fell 11% from a year ago to $4.3 billion,” said NPD analyst Mat Piscatella. “The growth in subscription spending failed to offset declines in other areas of content spending, while hardware and accessories spending also declined.” The PlayStation 5 generated the highest dollar sales of all platforms in both June and the first half of 2022. The Nintendo Switch led both in terms of unit sales.
According to data from Sensor Tower, the mobile market is also declining slightly, albeit less than in May: it fell 10.7% in June, compared to 12.6% in May. Sensor Tower speculates that the slower decline could be due to the launch of Diablo Immortal, which ranked in the top 10 sales charts in both stores. Google Play showed the most decline, while the App Store showed small positive year-over-year growth.
Year-to-date $2022 sales, millions YTD 2021YTD 2022Change Total video game sales $29,287 $26,273-10% Video game content (physical and digital full game, DLC/MTX and consumer subscription spend for console, cloud, mobile*, portable, PC and VR ) platforms)$25,720$23,093-10%Video Game Hardware$2,345$2,310-9%Video Game Accessories$1,222$1,050-14%*Mobile Expenses provided by Sensor Tower
Piscatella added, “H1 spending totaled $26.3 billion, a 10% shortfall compared to the same period in 2021. Subscription content is the only major spending category that has seen spending growth.”
June 2022 NPD: Top 20 Best Selling Games of the Month in the US
NPD tracks physical sales at retailers, but also gets digital data directly from publishers. Not every company participates. For example, Nintendo doesn’t share its first-party sales and Activision Blizzard doesn’t deliver its Battle.net sales.
These charts are sorted by dollar sales – not number of units sold. And this is for full game sales and does not include in-game expenses.
RankAll PlatformsPublisher11Elden RingBandai Namco Entertainment22LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker SagaWarner Bros. Interactive3NEWMario Strikers: Battle League*Nintendo45MLB: The Show 22^Multiple Video Game Manufacturers557OverwatchActivision Blizzard (Corp)68Mario Kart 8*Nintendo73Nintendo Switch : RemakeSquare Enix Inc (Corp)1011MinecraftMultiple Video Game Manufacturers117Call of Duty HunterWf13Call of Duty: Vantronic (Corp)1011MinecraftMultiple Video Game Manufacturers117NEW1Activisp Hunter (Activispion)Hunter Bl12izzard () RiseCapcom VS1456Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: The Hinokami ChroniclesSega1514NWS10 decal17 WF Three Warriors: NEWF1 : Arceus*Nintendo19NEWThe Quarry*Take Two Interactive2028Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles MoralesSony (Corp)*Digital sales not included
^Xbox & Switch digital sales not included
No surprise, Elden Ring and LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga continue to dominate the charts. According to Piscatella, “Elden Ring is in the top 10 best-selling premium games of all time in the US market (dollar sales).”
New games in the charts
One of the interesting quirks of this month, as opposed to the previous months, is how many new games made it to the top 20 this month. While the April and May charts were mostly made up of previously released titles, five new games made it to the top in June, the highest since March. This is probably due to the number of interesting new releases, which is arguably higher than it was this month. The best-selling new release is Mario Strikers: Battle League, followed by F1 22, Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, Sonic Origins, and The Quarry.
Peak of interest in older titles
The other interesting thing about the June charts is the number of games in the top 20 that were previously much lower. For example, Final Fantasy VII: Remake previously ranked 159th, but has risen to 9th place this month. This is likely due to the sequel’s announcement, among other promotional events in June to celebrate the original game’s 25th anniversary. According to Piscatella, Final Fantasy VII: Remake last made the top 20 in May 2020. Other games have just returned to the charts, including Overwatch (from 59th to 5th place), following new details about the sequel; Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: The Hinokami Chronicles (56th to 14th place), which received a Switch release, and Monster Hunter: Rise (30th to 13th place), after the launch of the Sunbreak expansion.
June 2022 NPD: 20 best-selling games of 2022 so far
RankAll PlatformsPublisher11Elden RingBandai Namco Entertainment22LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker SagaWarner Bros. Interactive33Pokémon Legends: Arceus*Nintendo44Horizon II: Forbidden WestSony (Corp)55MLB: The Show 22^Multiple video game manufacturers66Call of Duty: Vanguard (Corp)Activision Blizzard 88Kirby and the Forgotten Land*Nintendo99Mario Kart 8*Nindendo Arts112210Maddendo Arts112210Maddendo Arts112210MaddendoSwitch video game manufacturers1311FIFA 22Electronic Arts1414Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles MoralesSony (Corp)Minecraft: New Horizon19: New Horizons19: New Horizons17: New Horizon17 Superstars*Pokémon Legends: Arceus*1920Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold WarActivision Blizzard (Corp 2:) StayDying Light 2016 Human*Square Enix Inc (Corp)*Digital sales not included
^Xbox & Switch digital sales not included
June 2022 NPD: Top 10 best-selling games of the past 12 months
RankAll PlatformsPublisher11Elden RingBandai Namco Entertainment22Call of Duty: VanguardActivision Blizzard (Corp)33Madden NFL 22Electronic Arts44Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl*Nintendo55LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Warner Bros. Corp)*Digital sales not included
June 2022 NPD: Top 10 Best Selling Nintendo Platform Games in the US
RankNintendo PlatformsPublisher1NEWMario Strikers: Battle League*Nintendo24Mario Kart 8*Nintendo31Nintendo Switch Sports*Nintendo42Kirby and the Forgotten Land*Nintendo57Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*Nintendo6NEWFire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes*Nintendo75Pokémon*Nintendo75Pokémon*Nintendo75Pokémon : New Horizons*Nintendo10NEWDemon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: The Hinokami Chronicles Sega*Digital sales not included (Physical, Nintendo STEAM and PlayStation Digital, and Nintendo STEAM Digital platforms for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked by dollar sales
June 2022 NPD: Top 10 Best Selling PlayStation Platform Games in the US
RankPlayStation PlatformsPublisher12Elden RingBandai Namco Entertainment21MLB: The Show 22Sony (Corp)34LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker SagaWarner Bros. Interactive48Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles MoralesSony (Corp)56Horizon II: Forbidden WestSony (Corp)6NEW7 Interactive (Other Activity*Take)75 (Corp)818Ratchet & Clank: Rift ApartSony (Corp)97Call of Duty: VanguardActivision Blizzard (Corp)105Gran Turismo 7Sony (Corp)*Digital sales not included (physical and all-digital game from the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, STEAM, and Xbox platforms for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked by dollar sales
May 2022 NPD: Top 10 Bestselling Xbox Platform Games in the US
RankXbox PlatformsPublisher11Elden RingBandai Namco Entertainment22LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker SagaWarner Bros. Interactive317OverwatchActivision Blizzard (Corp)4NEWF1 22Electronic Arts54Call of Duty: VanguardActivision Blizzard (Corp)613Far Cry 6Ubisoft75Call of WarActivard: Black (2019)Activision Blizzard (Corp)98Call of Duty: Black Ops IIIHorizontalActivision Blizzard (Corp)109Forgizap (Corp) sales not included (Physical and Full Game Digital from the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, STEAM and Xbox platforms for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked by dollar sales
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