Video games are becoming more popular than ever around the world. It has become a global phenomenon that has attracted millions of players and spawned dozens of gaming genres. Some of the most popular games, such as FIFA, have sold more copies than almost the entire United States’ population at 325 million copies. As the industry continues to develop, the graphics are only going to get better, the genre selection will be wider, and the amount of people that fall in love with video games will grow. Virtual and augmented reality technology (VR/AR) might be one of the greatest driving forces that drive advancements in the video games industry in the near future.


Regional Differences

In the current landscape, there are some pretty significant regional differences for which games are played the most. In the United States alone, there is a state by state difference in video game consumption. Hogwarts Legacy stands out as a particular favorite, holding the top rank in four states, the most of any game. Super Mario, High on Life, and The Last of Us all enjoy significant success as well, which shows the lack of a single dominant genre in the American game industry.




Global gaming is just as diverse, with every country adding its own distinct tastes to the market. The United Kingdom favors the action-packed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which is vastly different from the Pokemon Legends fantasy games that are popular in France. Pikmin in Japan, Legend of Zelda in Australia, and God of War: Ragnarok in Russia continues to highlight these regional differences in taste. Madden, which is a football video game, being popular in the US is very reflective of the country’s favorite national sport. With increased globalization, it is not surprising that one country’s favorite game can still be enjoyed by many players around the world.


Mapping The World’s Most Popular Video Games