Why are Video Games Getting more Popular During the Pandemic?

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Emiliano Ramirez, Contributor

          There is no doubt that video games are getting more popular. A lot of that is due to COVID-19. The pandemic has forced many people to stay in their homes. As a result of that, more and more people are playing video games. 

          According to weforum.org “COVID-19 saw video games explode in popularity, as consumers were forced to stay at home and keep themselves entertained.” Since people are home more, they have to find things to do to keep themselves entertained. “Four of every five U.S. consumers have played a video game in the past six months,” according to the latest report from the NPD group.”

        Qz.com reported “Gaming sales in the US in August increased 37% year-over-year to $3.3 billion, according to the market research firm NPD Group. That’s the fifth straight month of huge jumps in sales compared to the same periods in 2019.” Gaming sales have also increased during the pandemic due to the increase in playtime.

          There is no doubt that video games are getting more popular. A lot of that is due to COVID-19. People are staying in their homes more due to COVID-19. According to washingtonpost.com The explanation for gaming’s recent surge is straightforward. “People are at home, they have nothing to do, they are not commuting,” says Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, explaining the growth. “You have more time and you’re bored.”