Europeans bought 76.1 million games in the first half of this year alone

Deepak Gupta July 22, 2022
Updated 2022/07/22 at 1:06 PM

There is no doubt that the video game segment is one of the most popular, attractive and profitable in the technological world. It is a market that has numerous offers, from games to gaming equipment and, consequently, also involves large amounts of money.

Therefore, according to the latest industry news, in the first half of this year alone, Europeans bought 76.1 million games. And the name that tops the list is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the game Elden Ring.

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Europeans bought 76.1 million games in the first 6 months of 2022

According to the data advanced by the website GameIndustry.biz, Europe's gaming market, which is one of the largest in the world, bought a total of 76.1 million games over the first six months of this year. These values ​​represent an increase of 13.5% compared to the same period last year.

When scrutinizing these numbers, it appears that, of the total, 32 million refer to the sale of physical copies of the games, which indicates that just over 43% of players opted for this format. But this is a choice that tends to decrease as digital options gain more ground.

Other details show that, of all the countries on the European continent, Germany was the one with the highest number of games sold in the first half of the year. In all, the population of the country bought 15.4 million games, that is, an increase of 13% compared to the same period in 2021. In second place comes the United Kingdom with 14.3 million sales (+2%) and France, whose residents bought 10.2 million games (+12.1%).

Elden Ring is the best seller

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the results show that the popular game Elden Ring sold the most copies in Europe. In second place appears FIFA 22, followed by Pokémon Legends: Arceus. You can check the best-selling games to Europeans in the following list, considering that Nintendo does not reveal the number of digital games sold:

  1. Elden Ring (Bandai Namco)
  2. FIFA 22 (EA)
  3. Pokemon Legends: Arceus (Nintendo)
  4. Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
  5. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Warner Bros)
  6. Horizon: Forbidden West (Sony)
  7. Gran Turismo 7 (Sony)
  8. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo)
  9. Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)
  10. Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo)
  11. Mario Party Superstars (Nintendo)
  12. Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Nintendo)
  13. NBA 2K22 (2K Games)
  14. F1 2022 (Codemasters)
  15. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Nintendo)
  16. Assassin's Creed: Valhalla (Ubisoft)
  17. Big Brain Academy: Brain vs Brain (Nintendo)
  18. Call of Duty: Vanguard (Activision Blizzard)
  19. Far Cry 6 (Ubisoft)
  20. Just Dance 2022 (Ubisoft)

Did you buy any of these games?

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