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Video games industry in Russia - statistics & facts

The eleventh largest worldwide, the Russian gaming market was forecast to exceed 2.8 billion U.S. dollars by 2024. PC games led the market with over 49 million U.S. dollars in revenue. One of the reasons could be the popularity of computer clubs in the 2000s, which offered equipment, internet access, and a gamer community. Furthermore, PC games could be played in eSports tournaments, and Russia was the first country worldwide to recognize video game competitions as a professional sports discipline. At the same time, mobile games' earnings grew at a nearly 50 percent rate in 2019, almost reaching the desktop games market size.

Which video games are popular in Russia?

Shooter games occupy over one half of free-to-play games' revenue in the country. Examples include World of Tanks developed by the Belarusian company Wargaming or Warface published by My.Games, the gaming segment of the Russian internet corporation Mail.Ru Group. The battle royale game PUBG Mobile, published by China's Tencent Games, and Brawl Stars, a multiplayer online battle arena by Supercell from Finland, were among the highest earning mobile games. Other popular mobile games were Gardenscapes and Homescapes developed by Playrix, a company headquartered in Ireland, which was founded by Russian brothers Igor and Dmitry Bukhman. These two mobile app games were where Russians spent the most time per day in the first six months of 2019.

How did COVID-19 impact gaming in Russia?

The lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to growth, with more than a quarter of Russians choosing computer games as their leisure activity in self-isolation. As gamers stayed home, they could dedicate more time to playing on desktop computers and consoles. Mobile games downloads increased too, and so did the spending on in-game purchases, as new features and wins in games could bring joy during the lockdown, in the absence of other sources of entertainment.

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