It is the day of the assessment of the French video game market, since the official figures provided by the SELL (Syndicate of Leisure Software Publishers) have just fallen for the year 2021. First of all, you can already find on our site a focus on the best-selling games on the French video game market, but as habit, it is Fifa who is first with the 2022 edition of the title. However, there are also a lot of things to note about the evolution of French video games as a whole.
The French video game market continues to grow
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the French video game market has grown by 13.5%. The PC sector is the one that is progressing the most with a segment increase of 5% to reach 1.4 billion euros. The console and mobile sectors are stagnating with respectively 1% growth and 1% decline.
The consoles still represent 49% of the total value of the French market in 2021 to reach no less of 2.749 billion euroswhich is the highest level reached since 2008. There were actually 2.37 million consoles sold in France in 2021.
As for the PC Gaming ecosystem and the mobile ecosystem, they represent respectively 26% and 25% of the French market in 2021 and reach 1.492 billion and 1.411 billion euros.
Finally, here is an overview of Software and Hardware sales in France. Globally, it is the Hardware which progresses contrary to the Software which is regression. Hardware increased by 22% to reach a historic figure of 1.766 billion euros. The software meanwhile down 11% with a turnover of 1.996 billion euros. But this regression is logical since in 2020 the confinement effect had a huge impact on online game sales. It still sold for nearly 24 million complete games in France in 2021whether physical or dematerialized.
All this evaluation of the French video game market is commented on by Julie Chalmette, President of SELL:
Video gaming continues to progress to new heights. The year 2020 had been extraordinary, but special because of the context. This growth confirmed in 2021 is part of a real underlying trend. The French have never played so much. They are 73% to play occasionally and 58% regularly, an increase of 6 points compared to 2020.