Video game sales plummet in July as release schedule dries up | European monthly report

Video game sales fell in July in European markets as console inventory shortages and lack of major releases continue.

Sales of physical and digital games fell 38% year-over-year to 8.62 million units sold. It should be noted that July 2022 only consists of four weeks, while July 2021 was five weeks, but it was still a bad month for game sales.

This was mainly due to the lack of new releases. This year, July’s best-selling game was F1 22, which actually came out in June. The highest ranked new release was Xenoblade Chronicles 3, which ranked #7.

Last year, the top-selling games were F1 2021 (which launched in July) and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD on Nintendo Switch.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 might not have been as big as Zelda, but it did well for the series, with launch sales up 27% over 2020’s Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition.

It should be noted that Nintendo does not share its download figures, so the game could have been higher if available. In terms of pure physical retail sales, the game was the third best-selling game of the month, behind Nintendo Switch Sports (at No. 2) and F1 22 (at No. 1).

F1 22 was the best-selling game in Germany, Italy and France, while Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga was the best-selling game in the UK (read more about the UK charts here).

Switch ranks first in Europe

297,420 game consoles were sold in the European markets tracked in July, down 48% from July last year. Console data does not include sales from Germany or the UK, although you can read more about the UK console market here.

Nintendo Switch was again the most popular console by a wide margin, with continued stock-outs for PS5 and Xbox Series X and S.

Since the start of the year, console sales in these European markets have fallen by more than 26%. This is almost entirely due to stock shortages for the PS5, with Xbox Series S and X and Nintendo Switch sales up slightly from the previous year.

In terms of accessories, 8.99 million complementary products (including toys to life) were sold in the European markets tracked. This is a decrease of 9.4% compared to July 2021. The PS5 DualSense controller remains the #1 accessory by far.

And finally, 11.6 million point cards were sold in the markets last month, a decrease of 5.9% compared to the previous year. The PlayStation Wallet recharge card remains the most popular product.

Top 20 European GSD July 2022 (Digital + Physical)

Position Title
1 F1 22 (EA)
2 Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
3 FIFA 22 (EA)
4 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Warner Bros)
5 Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)
6 Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo)*
seven Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Nintendo)*
8 Mario Strikers: Battle League Soccer* (Nintendo)
9 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo)*
ten NBA 2K22 (2K Games)
11 The Crew 2 (Ubisoft)
12 Elden Ring (Bandai Namco)
13 Minecraft Switch Edition (Microsoft)
14 Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft)
15 The Quarry (2K Games)
16 Far Cry 6 (Ubisoft)
17 Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Nintendo)*
18 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (EA)
19 Gran Turismo 7 (Sony)
20 Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Nintendo)*

* Numerical data not available

GSD digital data includes participating companies’ games sold via Steam, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Nintendo Eshop. The main participating companies are Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Codemasters, Electronic Arts, Embracer Group (including Gearbox, Koch Media, Saber Interactive), Focus Entertainment, Konami, Marvelous Games, Microids, Microsoft (including Bethesda), Milestone , Nacon, Paradox Interactive, Quantic Dream, Sega, Sony, Square Enix, Take-Two, Ubisoft and Warner Bros. Nintendo and 505 Games are the notable absentees, alongside smaller studios.

Digital data includes games sold in Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway , Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom.

Physical data includes all games, but only those sold in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

Console hardware sales cover Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Accessories sales cover the same markets, but do not include Switzerland.

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