The YouTube channel Sundellviz released a video of the popularity of video games (or game series) in various European countries in the period from January 2004 to December 2022. The video is compiled on the basis of Google Trends data, that is, these are the most “googled” games by country, but such data usually reflect the real popularity of specific multimedia products better than others.
The video is interesting because it shows the surge in popularity of single-player games during their release and the quick return of players to long-playing multiplayer projects. This is the answer to the question why all publishers want to have more multiplayer games, and pure single are released less and less.
The five most popular games/series in the last 18 years are:
- World of Warcraft
- Grand Theft Auto (series)
- Counter-Strike (series)
During the year 2022, we can see the rise in popularity of Roblox, which is being challenged by Minecraft, which has dominated since 2011.