When it comes to calculating sales, it’s worth remembering this every year: Europe is complicated. Please note that the information on the Games Industry website is based on incomplete information. In detail, boxed game sales are calculated in 15 countries, compared to 32 countries for download game sales, while console sales are based on a sample of only 10 countries. Which is better than nothing. For 2022, 159 million console and PC games were sold in Europe, which is a 7% decrease compared to 2021. 82.5 million games were sold for download compared to 76.6 million games for physical sales. Note that we are not talking about countless independent games, but games from major publishers. Moreover, digital sales of Nintendo games are still and forever absent.
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Focusing only on 2022 updates, game sales increased 16% over 2021 updates. FIFA 23 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 are the main drivers, driving sales by 3% over FIFA 22 and 73% over Call of Duty: Vanguard. Elden Ring, the sensation of the year, offers himself a place on the podium with these two important licenses. Other big news for 2022 is Pokémon Legends: Arceus (6th), God of War Ragnarok (7th), LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (8th), Horizon Forbidden West (9th) and Gran Turismo 7 (10th) is.
If we can only highlight the performance of PlayStation Studios, which scored a wonderful hat-trick, Nintendo, of course, is the main one with Nintendo Switch Sports (12th), Pokémon Purple (14th), Pokémon Scarlet (16th) or even Kirby remains a contributor. the forgotten world (19th). Also note that if we combined the two flavors, the Pokémon tandem would have been ranked 6th, and again without taking into account download sales, which Nintendo has not contacted. Purple/Scarlet sales also increased by 8% compared to the Sword/Shield duo.
A little comfort for those who don’t like the rapid growth of downloads, it has decreased slightly in 2022. Counting only games sold physically and digitally, 64% of sales were via downloads, down from 65%. 2021. Nintendo certainly had a lot to do with this resistance rate, but the boxes didn’t have the final word on that.
Brexit or not, the UK remains Europe’s largest video game market despite a 6% drop in game sales in 2022. Germany took second place despite a 13% drop in sales, while France rounded out the podium with a smaller decline of 3%. . FIFA 23 it ended up a bestseller in most European countries, except Finland, where it was dedicated Elden Ring. France and Germany are the strongest markets for Nintendo games, just behind the Channel.
Europe is poorly served by the PlayStation 5
In line with what we saw in the UK, 2022 was a very dismal year for console sales in Europe, with a 25% drop to just 5.3 million units. If the drop in Switch sales (- 15%) is not too abnormal for a machine of this age, the lack of PS5 and Xbox Series stocks is still very much felt on the Old Continent. This is especially true for the PS5, whose sales are down 35% from 2021, while the Xbox Series is the only console to do better than last year, with a 4.4% increase. Microsoft’s console, however, remains at the bottom of the rankings, far behind the PS5, which ends up a good distance behind the Switch. The Nintendo console won in most of the countries concerned, with the exception of Denmark and Sweden (two points for the PS5), as well as Norway (a win for the Xbox Series).
Finally, the accessories segment reports 18 million products sold in 2022, a 10% year-over-year decline. PS5’s DualSense controller (+ 12%) is the best-selling accessory of the year, ahead of PS4’s DualShock 4 controller (- 3.2%), Switch Joy-Con (- 24%) and Xbox. Serial controller (-32%). The best-selling accessory of the year, excluding the controller, was the Pulse 3D wireless headset for PS5 (-4%).