As US gamers stayed home during the first quarter of the year because of according to a report from The NPD Group analytics firm. Sales were up 9% from the same quarter a year ago., they spent a record $10.86 billion on computer games, hardware and accessories,
For the first quarter, $9.58 billion was spent just on games, up 11% from a year ago, NPD said. Driving the recording-setting quarter were sales of, , , , , , , and .
devices had an especially good sales quarter, the research firm said, and helped pushed hardware sales up 2% over a year ago, to $773 million.
"Video games have brought comfort and connection to millions during this challenging time," said Mat Piscatella, games industry analyst at The NPD Group. "As people have stayed at home more, they've utilized gaming not only as a diversion and an escape, but also as a means of staying connected with family and friends. Whether it was on console or mobile, PC or , gaming experienced play and sales growth during the first quarter."