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Elden Ring Was the Best-Selling Game in the First Half of 2022

It was followed by FIFA 22 and Pokémon Legends: Arceus. 

According to GSD Market Data, 76.1 million games were sold across Europe in the first half of the year. This figure reflects a 13.5% growth compared the same period in 2021. About 32 million of these games were reached via physical sales, while approximately 44 million came from digital sales.

Germany became the largest market in Europe in terms of game sales – 15.4 million copies of games were sold there. It was followed by the UK with 14.3 million, and the third place was taken by France with 10.2 million.

The best-selling title of the first six months of the year was Elden Ring, FIFA 22 was at No.2 place, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus was third. However, it's worth noting that data for Pokémon Legends does not include digital sales as Nintendo does not disclose its digital figures, so the title may have ranked higher. Pokémon Legends was also the best seller in terms of physical sales.

The GSD data also unveils some information on the hardware sales. According to it, about 2 million consoles were sold in European countries (excluding Germany and the UK). The figure reflects a decrease in sales of over 21% compared to the same period last year.

The leader in console sales was the Nintendo Switch, and the PS5 took second place – although its sales decreased by 44% due to supply issues. In contrast, Xbox Series X|S sales were up 9% compared to the first half of 2021.

It's worth mentioning that the GSD physical data included all boxed titles but only those sold in 15 European countries, and digital data included sales of mainly major AAA publishers (excluding Nintendo, 505 Games, and some small studios) in 33 counties. Console hardware sales covered data gathered in 10 countries. You can learn more about GSD Market Data here.

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