October 2018 sales hit $1.55B, the highest total spending in October since NPD began tracking the industry in 1995.
The previous high was $1.36B, reached in October 2008.
YTD spending across categories reached $10.5B rising 21% compared to the same period in 2017.
This is the highest YTD total spend achieved since 2010!
YTD console, portable, and PC games software spending reached $4.8B in October, up 16% vs. last year.
That's the highest YTD spending level since 2011.
Call of Duty:
Black Ops IIII
YTD spending increased 19%, reaching $2.7 billion.
Playstation 4 was October's best-selling hardware platform in both units and dollars.
Year to date, accessories and game cards spending has grown 54% over last year.
Headsets and headphones spending was up 87%, while gamecard spending increased 31%.
Source: The NPD Group/Games Total Physical Sales, October 2018