May 2022 was the U.S. video game industry’s worst spending month since February 2020

May 2022 was the U.S. video game industry’s worst spending month since February 2020

May 2022 was the U.S. video game industry’s worst spending month since February 2020

The NPD Group released its latest monthly sales report for the U.S. video game industry, and May 2022 was the lowest monthly spend since just before the February 2020 pandemic.

Total spending in May 2022 fell 19% year-over-year to $3.7 billion. The last time monthly spending in the US was this low was in February 2020, when spending hit $3.5 billion. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a drop in May 2022, as life returns to “normal” for some people after a pandemic that saw huge gains as people stayed at home and bought and played more games. May 2022 also saw a lack of major new releases, while supply constraints continue to affect the console’s availability. In addition, there is the ongoing threat of inflation that may lead some to spend money on something other than video games.

Hardware sales fell 11% to $216 million in May 2022. The Nintendo Switch was the best seller for units and sales in dollars in May 2022, while the Switch remains the best selling console of 2022 in terms of unit sales. The Xbox Series X|S family of consoles drove the most sales in dollars last year due to the relatively higher price of the platform. No sales data for PlayStation consoles has been provided.

Elden Ring switched to games and returned to the No. 1 spot in May, after falling to No. 2 behind Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga in April. Elden Ring overall remains the best-selling game of 2022.

The only new release for May to make the top 50 best-selling games was Evil Dead: The Game, which finished as the fourth best-selling game in May. Another notable title was The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which returned to the top 20 for the first time since November 2017. Skyrim sales on Steam accounted for “nearly half” of the game’s total sales in the US in May.

On mobile, spending was down year-over-year, with consumer spending on Google Play specifically falling 23%. App Store spending fell by only 2.6%.

“While this points to inflation and other macroeconomic factors affecting spending on Google Play, where consumers tend to be more cost-conscious, a positive sign for mobile games revenue as a whole came in the form of a small, but noticeable year-over-year increase in spending of 1.3% for the top 10 earning games in both stores combined,” according to NPD.

In accessories, this category declined 7% year-over-year to $131 million. The PS4’s DualShock 4 was the best-selling accessory in May 2022, while the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller remains the best-selling accessory of 2022 to date.

Top 20 best-selling games in the US for May 2022

  1. Elden Ring
  2. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  3. Nintendo Switch Sports*
  4. Evil Dead: the game
  5. MLB The Show 22^
  6. Kirby and the Forgotten Land*
  7. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  8. Mario Kart 8*
  9. Gran Turismo 7
  10. Pokemon Legends: Arceus*
  11. Minecraft
  12. Horizon: Forbidden West
  13. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  14. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  15. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  16. FIFA 22
  17. Mario Party Superstars*
  18. Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl*
  19. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)
  20. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

*Digital sales not included

^Xbox & Switch digital sales not included

Year To Date 2022 Top 20 Games

  1. Elden Ring
  2. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  3. Pokemon: Legends Arceus*
  4. Horizon: Forbidden West
  5. MLB The Show 22^
  6. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  7. Gran Turismo 7
  8. Kirby and the Forgotten Land*
  9. Mario Kart 8*
  10. Madden NFL 22
  11. FIFA 22
  12. Minecraft
  13. Nintendo Switch Sports*
  14. Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  15. Monster Hunter: Rise
  16. Dying Light 2: Stay Human*
  17. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  18. Mario Party Superstars*
  19. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  20. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

*Digital sales not included

^ Xbox and Switch digital sales not included

12 months ending May 2022 Top 10 games

  1. Elden Ring
  2. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  3. Madden NFL 22
  4. Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl*
  5. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  6. Battlefield 2042
  7. FIFA 22
  8. Far Cry 6
  9. Pokemon Legends: Arceus*
  10. Mario Kart 8*

*Digital sales not included

May 2022 Top 10 games on Switch

  1. Nintendo Switch Sports*
  2. Kirby and the Forgotten Land*
  3. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  4. Mario Kart 8*
  5. Pokemon Legends: Arceus*
  6. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  7. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  8. Mario Party Superstars*
  9. Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl*
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*

*Digital sales not included

May 2022 Top 10 games on PlayStation

  1. MLB The Show 22
  2. Elden Ring
  3. Evil Dead: the game
  4. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  5. Gran Turismo 7
  6. Horizon Forbidden West
  7. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  8. Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  9. Ghost of Tsushima
  10. Minecraft

May 2022 Top 10 games on Xbox

  1. Elden Ring
  2. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  3. Evil Dead: the game
  4. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  5. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  6. FIFA 22
  7. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)
  8. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  9. Forza Horizon 5
  10. Halo: Infinite

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