Fifa 23 largely leads the best-selling video games in France in 2022

The football game achieves 1.7 million sales, a record. Call of Duty and Pokémon complete the podium, very far behind.

For nearly 10 years, the football simulation Fifa has been the best-selling video game in France every year. 2022 confirms this rule, but the passion of the French for the saga of EA Sports is still ramping up. According to data provided by the Syndicate of Leisure Software Publishers (SELL), Fifa 23 sold 1.75 million copies last year. To compare, Fifa 22 had sold 1.6 million copies in 2021, Fifa 21 had reached 1.3 million sales in 2020, and Fifa 20 had posted 1.2 million sales in 2019.

The game of soccer is racing far ahead in the rankings. Second place goes to Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 2 (Activision), which reached one million sales, including 217,000 on PC. This opus erases the poor performance of Call of Duty Vanguardwhich attracted less than 500,000 French people in 2021.

Third place on the podium goes to Pokemon Purple et Pokemon Scarlet, with 717,000 cumulative sales (excluding digital format, on which Nintendo refuses to communicate). Here again, the performance is higher than that achieved in 2021 by Pokémon Sparkling Diamond et Sparkling Pearl Pokemon, which had come close to 600,000 copies. And the “Poké-mania” continues in fourth place with 590,000 sales for Pokémon Arceusreleased in January 2022.

Let Elden Ring surprise

The Fifa-Call of Duty-Pokémon trio has been monopolizing the top of video game sales in France for years. You have to go a little lower in the ranking to detect surprises. So, Elder Ring (Bandai Namco), critically acclaimed in early 2022, has sold 408,000 copies, including 105,000 on PC. A tour de force for such a demanding title, and which moreover comes from a brand new license.

On consoles, Elden Ring is almost on a par with three Sony blockbusters: God of War Ragnarok (368,000 sales), Horizon Forbidden West (354.000) et Gran Turismo 7 (353.000).

Finally, the ranking once again demonstrates the power of Nintendo licensing. Although released in 2017, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe shows 451,000 additional sales in 2022 (excluding digital). Just behind, the success of Nintendo Switch Sports(432,000) is reminiscent of that, in the early 2000s, of Wii Sports.

The first quarter of 2023 is dominated by Hogwarts Legacy (Warner), derived from the Harry Potter universe – the Sell does not communicate on its exact sales figures. The rest of the year promises to be rich in novelties, with Zelda : Tears of the Kingdom (Nintendo), Diablo 4 (Blizzard), Final Fantasy XVI (Square-Enix) ou Assassin’s Creed Mirage (Ubisoft).

The best-selling video games in France in 2022 on consoles (the new ones are in bold)

  1. Fifa 23 (EA): 1.7 million sales
  2. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 (Activision): 791,338 sales
  3. Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Nintendo) : 589,375 sales (hors digital)
  4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) : 451,254 sales (hors digital)
  5. Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo) : 432,685 sales (hors digital)
  6. Fifa 22 (EA) : 423.702 sales
  7. Pokemon Purple (Nintendo) : 416,537 sales (hors digital)
  8. GTA V (Take Two) : 400.953 ventes
  9. God of War Ragnarok (Sony): 368,726 sales
  10. Horizon Forbidden West (Sony): 354,402 sales
  11. Gran Turismo 7 (Sony): 353,771 sales
  12. Elder Ring (Bandai Namco) : 302,597 ventes
  13. Pokemon Scarlet (Nintendo) : 300,489 sales (hors digital)
  14. Mario Strikers (Nintendo) : 270,772 sales (hors digital)
  15. Splatoon 3 (Nintendo) : 257,309 sales (hors digital)

The best-selling video games in France in 2022 on PC (the new ones are in bold)

  1. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 (Activision): 217,288 sales
  2. Elder Ring (Bandai Namco) : 105,552 sales
  3. GTA V (Take Two) : 104.041 ventes
  4. Red Dead Redemption 2 (Take-Two) 78.584 ventes
  5. Grounded (Microsoft) : 54.213 ventes
  6. Sea of Thieves (Microsoft) : 48.104 ventes
  7. Total War : Warhammer 3 (Sega) : 45,262 sales
  8. Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft) : 41,665 sales
  9. God of War (Sony): 31,771 sales
  10. Football Manager 2023 (Sega) : 28.875.