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US video game spending fell in 2019, says industry group

SAN FRANCISCO: People spent much less on video video games final yr as new consoles have been readied for launch and Google took to streaming titles from the cloud, an trade group reported on Jan 16.

US spending on online game {hardware} and software program in 2019 tallied US$14.6bil (RM59.18bil), a 13% decline from the earlier yr, market-tracker NPD Group mentioned.

Console rivals Sony and Microsoft plan to launch new-generation {hardware} this yr, giving avid gamers causes to attend for the most recent choices earlier than deciding what to spend their cash on.

Spending throughout online game {hardware}, software program, equipment and sport playing cards in December alone totaled US$3.0bil (RM12.16bil), down 15% when in comparison with the identical month a yr earlier, NPD reported.

Name Of Responsibility: Trendy Warfare was the best-selling sport within the US for 3 consecutive months after its October launch, and completed 2019 because the top-selling sport of the yr, in accordance with NPD.

It was the 11th consecutive yr that Name Of Responsibility has been the best-selling online game franchise, NPD reported.

It additionally reported that the variety of folks enjoying cellular video games within the US and Canada grew about 2% to 214 million final yr. The tempo slowed as a consequence of saturation of the marketplace for smartphones and tablets.

Cash spent on cellular video games, nevertheless, elevated 24% to high US$11.82bil (RM47.91bil) final yr.

“Cell gaming continues to be a dynamic and increasing market, providing interesting content material to all sorts of sport gamers,” mentioned NPD video games trade analyst Mat Piscatella.

Google got down to remodel the online game world late final yr with the launch of a service referred to as Stadia that lets folks entry console-quality video games as simply as they do e mail.

Google continues to refine Stadia, working to increase sport choice and the sorts of Web-linked units they are often performed on.

Microsoft has been testing an xCloud on-line sport platform that it plans to make out there on Home windows-powered private computer systems.

Sony Interactive Leisure has a PlayStation Now service that mixes cloud gaming and title downloads that’s synched to its newest consoles and Home windows-powered private computer systems.

An Apple Arcade cellular sport service provides customized sport apps downloaded to units.

A rival Google Play Move for Android-powered devices fees the identical US$4.99 (RM20) month-to-month subscription worth as that of Arcade, which focuses on video games for Apple iOS units. – AFP

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