Video gaming has become a mainstream leisure activity in France and this position has only been solidified during the COVID-19 pandemic as many people turned towards gaming not only for entertainment but also for socializing purposes. Digital video gaming revenues in France are projected to reach nearly 4.44 billion U.S. dollars in 2026, up from 2.87 billion U.S. dollars in 2021. Console gaming is the preferred gaming platform in France, with PC coming in second after narrowly edging out mobile. In 2021, console gaming sales in France amounted to 2.75 billion euros, accounting for 48 percent of the market.
The rankings of the top-selling games in France currently highlight the dominance of the console gaming segment. The best-selling video game in France was FIFA 22, followed by Call of Duty: Vanguard, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Action and sports games are the best-selling gaming genres in France, followed by role-playing and shooter games.
Overall, 78 percent of internet users in France stated that they played video games on any device, with smartphone ranking ahead of consoles in terms of usage reach.
The video game industry in France
The video game industry is one of the leading digital media industries in France. As both a producer and consumer, France has been able to carve out its share of the international market. With successes such as the best-selling game Assassin’s Creed, published by French company Ubisoft, or mobile games, this industry has been able to invite itself into the living rooms of many French people. Many developers established in France have emerged over the years, following in the footsteps of Ubisoft, and have been able to demonstrate French know-how and expertise on the international stage.
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