Video game sales smash records amid world-wide lockdown

Video game sales have smashed records over the past two weeks as the near world-wide lockdown forces people find new forms of entertainment.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which launched on March 20 for the Nintendo Switch, become the fastest selling game for the platform in Japan by some margin.

According to Famitsu data the game sold 1.88 million copies within three days of launch, far outpacing its nearest rivals Pokémon Sword and Shield and Super Smash Bros Ultimate which sold 1.36 million and 1.24 million units over the same period respectively.

It also blitzed its predecessor Animal Crossing: New Leaf’s sales which saw just 722,000 copies sold during its opening three days and has driven Nintendo Switch sales up 585 per cent in Japan.

In the UK it also sold more copies in its first week than all of the previous titles in the series combined.

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Doom Eternal, which also launched on March 20, quickly became the best-selling title in its series doubling the launch revenue of the wildly popular Doom reboot in 2016.

Doom Eternal was the best-selling game on Steam for the week and immediately soared to over 100,000 concurrent players on the platform,” Bethesda, Doom Eternal’s publisher, said.

This compares to Doom 2016’s highest concurrent player figure of 44,271.

Call of Duty: Warzone, the popular shooting game’s recently released free-to-play battle royale offering, also drew 30 million player within its first week.

Global X’s research analyst Andrew Little said: “Looking at the data, consumer video game spend has dramatically increased in the past month.

“In mid-March, we saw that consumers spent around 65% more on video games compared to the same period last year.”

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