French games market reaches record high of €5.3bn | France Annual Report

27.5 million games across physical and digital were sold in France in 2020, alongside 2.3 million consoles

The French games market generated a record breaking €5.3 billion in 2020, according to trade body SELL.

In its annual report detailing data from GSD and GameTrack, SELL reported a 11.3% growth for the games market year-on-year, with 2.3 million consoles sold in France in 2020, as well as 27.5 million games -- across physical and digital -- and seven million accessories.

The console segment increased 10% year-on-year, now representing 51% of the games market and a value of €2.7 billion. Digital sales were particularly strong on consoles last year, boosted by COVID-19 restrictions, with a 79% rise compared to 2019.

Mobile's growth was also important, rising 16% year-on-year to reach a record €1.4 billion in revenue. Games represented 43% of all mobile app downloads in France last year (mobile data courtesy of App Annie).

PC gaming had a strong year, particularly supported by growth in hardware (+20%) and accessories (+13%), but software sales were down 1.9% year-on-year. The PC market generated almost €1.2 billion in revenue overall, representing a 9% rise compared to 2019.

Looking at software across all platforms, games sales represented €1.7 billion in revenue, 38% of which came from physical copies and 36% from digital titles. DLC and microtransactions represented 15% of the overall figure, while subscription services represented 9%.

Looking at the physical vs digital divide, 43% of the software purchased in France in 2020 was digital. Despite a turbulent time for retailers, physical sales held up, only recording a 3.2% decrease year-on-year.

FIFA 21 was the best selling game in France in 2020, with 1.3 million copies shifted including both physical and digital sales. It was followed by Animal Crossing: New Horizons with almost 1.1 million units -- this is physical sales only though, as Nintendo doesn't share its digital sales.

In third position, and far behind the top two, was Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, which shifted 664,792 copies across physical and digital.

It's worth noting that out of the top 20 physical games of 2020 in France (see below), 11 were Nintendo games -- and together those titles sold almost 3.7 million copies.

To read more about the French market, keep an eye out for's interview with SELL president Julie Chalmette, to be published tomorrow.

Here's the top 20 for physical games (in units) in France for 2020 (data courtesy of GSD/GameTrack):

1Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)
2FIFA 21 (EA)
3Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo)
4Assassin's Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft)
5The Last of Us Part II (Sony)
6Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Activision Blizzard)
7Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Nintendo)
8Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Microsoft)
9Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo)
1051 Worldwide Games (Nintendo)
11Luigi's Mansion 3 (Nintendo)
12New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Ubisoft)
13Super Mario Party (Nintendo)
14The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)
15Grand Theft Auto V (Take-Two Interactive)
16FIFA 20 (EA)
17Cyberpunk 2077 (Bandai Namco)
18Ghost of Tsushima (Sony)
19Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Nintendo)
20Pokémon Sword (Nintendo)

Here's the top 20 for physical and digital games combined (in units) in France for 2020 (data courtesy of GSD/GameTrack):

1FIFA 21 (EA)
2Animal Crossing: New Horizons* (Nintendo)
3Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Activision Blizzard)
4Grand Theft Auto V (Take-Two)
5Assassin's Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft)
6Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo)*
7FIFA 20 (EA)
8The Last of Us Part II (Sony)
9Call of Duty: Mordern Warfare (Activision Blizzard)
10Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Nintendo)*
11Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Microsoft)*
12NBA 2K20 (Take-Two)
13Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo)*
1451 Worldwide Games (Nintendo)*
15Luigi's Mansion 3 (Nintendo)*
16Ghost of Tsushima (Sony)
17New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe (Nintendo)*
18Super Mario Party (Nintendo)*
19Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot (Bandai Namco)
20The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)*

*Digital data not available

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