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Video game market revenue in the United States decreased by more than $90 million over the year

Revenue from the video game market in the United States decreased by 34% compared to February 2019. In the same month of 2020, this value was $183 million, and a year earlier – $277 million. Statistics were published by the research company NPD Group.

According to its data, the total revenue of the industry, which includes sales of video games, devices and accessories, also decreased. In February 2019, it amounted to $1.061 billion, and in 2020, the figure reached $755 million, which is 29% less. Revenue for hardware and gaming accessories decreased by 31% and 11%, respectively.

NPD Group experts noted that the trend of decreasing revenue in the games market can be explained by the fact that in February 2019, more large titles were released, including Far Cry New Dawn and Metro Exodus.

Earlier it became known that sales of the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in the United States for the year increased by 554%. This happened after the release of the series “the Witcher”, which took place in December 2019.

Virtus .pro will play with FaZe Clan in the opening match of ESL Pro League Season 11

ESL Pro League Season 11 CS:GO organizers revised the tournament groups due to changes in the competition format and published a new schedule of matches. Virtus.pro will play with FaZe Clan, Natus Vincere will meet with North, and forZe will compete with Complexity Gaming.

Previously, the ESL has changed the format of the Pro League Season 11. Due to the threat of infection of participants and spectators with coronavirus, the group stage matches were moved online. After some countries imposed a number of entry restrictions, the tournament organizers returned the regional divisions for Europe and North America and revised the group compositions.

ESL also changed the format of the championship. In Europe, Pro League Season 11 will host two group stages and a final match,while in North America, the championship will end with a playoff with a double-elimination format.