Happy 25th anniversary to Pokémon! Nintendo will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Pokémon franchise for the whole year. The celebration will include a team up with pop star Katy Perry, and will revisit the whole of the Pokémon universe over the course of the year. Exclusive merchandise will also be available for purchase. You can find all of the details regarding the event here.
Steam has revealed its 2020 Year in Review. There were new highs for monthly active players (120 million), daily active players (62.6 million) and peak concurrent players (24.8 million). Game purchases were up 21.4% in comparison to 2019, and there were 50.7% more hours played on Steam than in 2019. You can see all of that and way more in the full blog post.
It’s that time of the month again. Mat Piscatella from the NPD Group has got all of the numbers on the video game industry from December. All of them. Like literally every one. If you want to read it all yourself here is his gigantic Twitter thread with all of the information. Some highlights include: Consumer spending across video game hardware, content and accessories reached a December record $7.7B, 25% higher when compared to a year ago; Full year spending also set a new record, totaling $56.9B, 27% higher than 2019.