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SAN FRANCISCO: Videogame sales in March hit their highest in over a decade, as users binged on Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare due to lockdowns to stem the spread of the coronavirus

Sales of gaming hardware, software and accessories in the US jumped 35pc to US$1.6 billion last month from a year earlier, the highest for the month since March 2008 when sales grew over 52pc to $1.8 billion, according to data from researcher NPD.

Analysts have expected gaming sales to benefit in the near-term from the stay-at-home orders.

    New-generation consoles, Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Sony’s PlayStation 5, are expected to come out at the end of the year. 

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