Sure, we can all take a look back at the how gaming did fiscally this past year by blipping through search engines and archives, but sometimes you just don’t have time for all of that, and frankly that sounds too much like research. Rather helpfully, the folks at GamesIndustry have pulled together an infographic that has the research done for you, piling a lot of data into one long picture full of charts. Yay, charts!
According to the infographic, gaming raked in $148 billion, an increase of 7.2% year-over-year. There were gains all over the place for a variety of platforms in terms of both digital and physical sales, though digital console games sales saw the most growth, jumping up 14.5% from the same time last year. The infographic even runs by the length of days several titles waited until they were discounted digitally, and even collected data on new IPs versus new releases from major publishers.
In terms of our slice of the gaming world, some of the most covered games of this past year included Fortnite, Apex Legends, Destiny 2, and Overwatch, while The Division 2 gets the rather dubious honor of being among those games that didn’t wait long to offer a digital discount at 19 days.
In other gaming fiscal news, Funcom’s chief marketing officer Erling Ellingsen shared a Norwegian story declaring that computer games are the country’s biggest cultural export, surpassing music, film, and literature. Naturally, he touted Funcom’s hand in helping out, and offered his congratulations to the Norwegian games industry.
As for the infographic, you can check it out for yourself, but get your scroll finger stretched and ready, friends; it’s a long one.