In a lean quarter for new releases, gamers engaged with established franchises like Mortal Kombat and Harry Potter, unsurprisingly. However, new IP like Days Gone and Trover Saves the Universe also had a notable impact on the ongoing conversation.
Nintendo is the only major console manufacturer to see hardware sales growth in July. It also ruled the software sales charts with 6 of the top 10 spots last month.
Elsewhere in mobile, Pokémon Go is still king, while Niantic's Harry Potter tie-in Wizards Unite gets off to a slow start.
The Switch Lite could help the console market, but it's unlikely to make a major impact, NPD tells us.
Saber's CEO Matthew Karch goes into detail on working with the Epic Games Store, a better approach to licensed games, and how the company has survived 18 years in a relatively unfriendly economy.
It's not enough to guess at what motivates Asian gamers -- it's important to look at the data. Niko Partners Senior Analyst, Daniel Ahmad, weighs in on what the data says about Chinese and Southeast Asian gamers.
The NPD Group's May 2019 report reveals the video game industry's spending amounted to $641 million this past May, which is an 11% decline compared to May 2018. Both hardware and software sales declined, with the latter reaching its lowest point since May 2013.
Despite controversy around both games, NetherRealm Studios' Mortal Kombat 11 and Sony Interactive Entertainment Bend Studio's Days Gone were April's first and second best-selling games, respectively.
PC Cafes, esports, and mobile will be big drivers over the next five years.
Analytics group Newzoo announces Gamer Segmentation, a new way to categorize game enthusiasts.