Video Game Spending Continues To Rise; $1.5 Billion In October, Up 73%

Video game spending has gone up a great deal in 2018, fueled by high-profile releases this year like Red Dead Redemption and God of War.

2018 was an amazing year for video games, that much is clear. With a wide variety of critically acclaimed games on a wide variety of consoles, each of the major publishers have something for everyone, and that’s translated into a huge rise in video game spending, up 73% from last year.

With 2018 having a variety of amazing games in it, such as Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, Monster Hunter World, Insomniac’s Spider-Man game, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Far Cry 5, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Battlefield 5, and Hitman 2, to say nothing of remastered games like the original Spyro the Dragon games and Team ICO’s Shadow of the Colossus, it’s no surprise that so many people are spending so much money on video games this year.

Video game spending has increased by 73% since last year, and brought in $1.5 billion in revenue. With all of the big games that came out this year, it’s no surprise. All of these high profile releases, both for old series getting new releases, old games getting remasters, and just good old fashioned new properties, have given this year a huge amount of new, well-reviewed games for people to play.

Along with that, other games coming out this year have also been able to move systems, such as the Pokemon Let’s Go games and, most importantly in Nintendo’s catalogue, the ever-approaching release date for Super Smash Bros Ultimate, despite all of the scumbags and idiots who couldn’t wait two weeks for the game to release.

Hopefully, with the precedent that 2018 has set for development, 2019 will have even better games coming out for it. Of course, this is dependent on the possibility that we don’t have another 2014, where high-profile games like Assassin’s Creed Unity and The Evil Within launched almost completely broken.

There’s still a month left in the year that will likely catapult this year’s amount of video game spending even higher, and hopefully all of the games that are yet to come out will be just as good as the ones that already have.


Hunter is senior news writer at He is a long time fan of strategy, RPG, and tabletop games. When he is not playing games, he likes to write about them.