Gaming devices recorded exponential sales growth during key pandemic months

Pandemic lockdowns drove big sales upticks for stay-at-home digital devices – from monitors to headsets. But GfK data shows that gaming-related hardware consistently beat even those elevated performances, with gaming-powered notebook computers leading the way.

Findings from GfK’s global (excluding North America) point-of-sale data show that sales for gaming notebooks increased 25% year over year, outpacing non-gaming models. 

In addition, while standard monitors posted a 9% revenue uptick, gaming monitors grew 52%. And traditional desktop PCs grew 3% – while gaming desktops gained 35%.

Gaming peripherals also turned in stellar numbers, with growth for gaming headsets, keyboards and mice roughly double that for non-gaming models.

“Even before the pandemic, sales of gaming units were posting strong gains,“ says Josh Wanderman, GfK´s Vice President of Global Market Insights. “With online games becoming more advanced and the rising popularity of Esports and gaming generally, these devices became the go-to choices when homebound consumers saw a need to upgrade their equipment.“

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.