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Video game market in France - statistics & facts

Today, the video game industry is the leading cultural industry 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 FIFA, which arrives at the top of the best-selling games every year, 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 the giant Ubisoft, and have been able to demonstrate French know-how and expertise on the international stage.

The video game market has a wide variety of products and platforms that allow as many players as possible to play. French consumers are indeed very fond of video games, with nearly two million consoles sold throughout the country in 2019 alone. The sale of consoles is an important segment of the French market, surpassed only by mobile software. In total, 64 percent of French people say they play video games.

Despite preconceptions, the profile of French gamers is very varied and cannot be limited to one age group or gender. However, video gaming penetration is almost complete among 10-14-year-olds, and this figure gradually decreases with age. Regardless of age, the share of female gamers equals the share of males.

Casual and mobile gaming are the most popular types of games, ahead of role-playing and platform games. One reason for this is that these games can be played while commuting or outdoors via smartphone. Smartphones remain the most popular platform for gaming, followed by PC and home consoles.

Almost half of gamers play nearly every day or more often, and the French play seven hours a week on average, which is still less than in the UK or Spain. More than half of parents admit to playing with their children on a regular or occasional basis, particularly to share an activity.

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