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U.S. game content spending grew 2% y/y in October, says NPD

NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said that October U.S. video game content sales grew 2% vs last year, to $3.7B. Double-digit percentage growth in Console & PC content spending was driven by the launch of Activision’s (ATVI) "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II" in the October tracking period, compared to the launch of "Call of Duty: Vanguard" in November 2021. Eight of the top 20 best-selling premium games of October 2022 were new releases, including Warner Bros. Discovery’s (WBD) "Gotham Knights," which ranked 2nd in October while debuting as the 14th best-selling game of 2022 year-to-date. Other top game sellers in October in the U.S. were Electronic Arts’ (EA) "FIFA 23," "Madden NFL 23," and "NHL 23," Ubisoft’s (UBSFY) "Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope," Sega’s (SGAMY) "Persona 5," Take-Two’s (TTWO) "NBA 2K23," Nintendo’s (NTDOY) "Bayonetta 3," and Bandai Namco’s (NCBDY) "Elden Ring." Reference Link

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