By setting the European sales ranking, GSD has made it possible to highlight the two big successes of the first six months of 2022: Elden Ring and Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
Gamesindustry.biz has also dedicated a report on the status of console sales in Europe A moment for the best-selling games of the first half of this year 2022.
Thus, as the site indicated, more than 76.1 million copies. This corresponds to an increase 13.5% compared to 2021. An increase that can likely be explained by the arrival of highly anticipated titles, some of which have even been able to capitalize on a reputation that was built several years ago. This is the case of the Pokémon saga for example or Gran Turismo. But, not only, the recent licenses that have gained a strong community, and that since their first appearance, have also shined. And there, we’re especially thinking about Horizon.
Advantage for digital sales?
And so, depending on what a file GSD MarketThe gaming industry released the following numbers: When 32 million games were sold in physical form, 44 million digital copies found buyers. A very important difference shows once again that the tendency is more favorable than ever to abandon the material.
Thus, we would not be surprised if the score is in fact a little higher. Figures from some publishers are missing, such as those from Nintendo, that don’t communicate about it.
Small view of the European market
From there, the gaming industry has been reporting sales rankings for the past six months. The figures focus primarily on the three main European countries in the market, in particular by referring to the names of the self-imposed nicknames.
Germany emerged as the biggest winner with 15.4 million sales, a strong 13% increase over 2021. A big increase, much bigger than what happened UK and France with a growth of just over 2.0%. Respectively, they recorded 14.3 million and 10.6 million sales.
Digital representation in Europe, during the specified period, About 68% of the distributions. In France, for example, downloads were counted at 63%. He is certainly not to be underestimated, But well below 76% in the British market and 67% in Germany.
Elden Ring and Pokémon, Chests Part 1, 2022
So the increase in sales, both in Europe and around the world, which very likely owes its boom to the premium model at the beginning of the year.. A catalog led by none other than the high-value Elden ringWhich registered last May with more than 13 million players.
Moreover, since the beginning of 2022, in our ancient continent, it has beenFromSoftware is the best-selling game ahead of the latest FIFA game. However, it looks like Pokemon, which took third place in the GSD rankings, might have done more, because unlike the excellent Souls-like game, Nintendo simply posted its physical sales numbers. Not surprisingly, because the Japanese fund does not communicate with its digital distributions. MWell, I’m not sure if that will be enough, Nintendo titles are more physics oriented anyway. By the way, when it comes to retail (and thus boxed games), Pokémon are at the top of the charts.
Each country has its own preference. If Spain and Italy shine the spotlight on FIFA 22, French and German players prefer their side Arceus. In the United Kingdom, Elden Ring established itself. For other European countries, on the other hand, we don’t have the detailed results.
Here is a global overview of European sales where PlayStation exclusives such as Gran Turismo or Horizon Forbidden West have a big share and where the basics (GTA 5 or MK 8 for example) still fend for themselves too:
European GSD H1 2022 Top 20 Games (Digital + Physical)
- Elden Ring (Bandai Namco)
- FIFA 22 (EA)
- Pokemon Legends: Arceus (Nintendo) *
- Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rock Star)
- LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Warner Bros.)
- Horizon: Forbidden West (Sony)
- Gran Turismo 7 (Sony)
- Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo) *
- Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)
- Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo) *
- Mario Party Superstars (Nintendo) *
- Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Nintendo) *
- NBA 2K22 (2K Games)
- F1 2022 (Code Masters)
- Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Nintendo) *
- Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla (Ubisoft)
- Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain (Nintendo) *
- Call of Duty: Vanguard (Activity Blizzard)
- Far Cry 6 (Ubisoft)
- Just Dance 2022 (Ubisoft)
*Physical sales only
Thus, sales are on the rise, and they’re not really ready to stop, especially since other big entrants will soon be pointing their noses: God of War Ragnarok, Bayonetta 3, The Callisto Protocol or The Last of Us Part 1.