The Nordics is PlayStation Territory

More than half of the revenue from retail game sales in the Nordics come from PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 titles.


Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 12.27.36 PMThe inhabitants of the Nordic countries do like their Sony consoles. According to the latest numbers from 2014, no less than 55 % of the total revenue generated by retail game sales in the Nordics come from sales of PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 games.

That’s one of the conclusions revealed in the report just released by the Association for the Nordic Games Industry,  featuring a number of key figures from the Nordic retail games market compiled from analytic  data from sales tracker Gfk Entertainment.


The report also features a list of the best selling games in the Nordic region in 2014. Most impressive on that list is EA’s FIFA franchise, with both FIFA 15 and FIFA 14 among the 5 best selling games in 2014.

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The report also reveals that Finland really is a hocky crazy nation, with HNL 15 occupying the top spot on the national top list of best selling games of 2014.


However, the report does have its shortcomings. Contrary to last year’s similar report, this year’s edition does not contain any data on digital sales. This fact severely limits the usability of the report, as digital sales are expected to make up the majority of game sales in the Nordic region. Last year’s report put the digital share at 63 % in 2013 – a number that has likely only increased since.

Additionally, the report gives a skewed view on the popularity of titles, as some titles will invariably be more popular as retail titles – especially if they are bought as gifts. And the report cannot take into account the revenue generated by DLC or in-app purchases, as almost all of these are bought digitally.

Lastly, the report does not have any numbers on mobile game sales either. One of the areas, where the Nordic game developers themselves are excelling.

You can read the whole report here.

Jesper K. Kristiansen

Multi-passionate game developer and journalist. Has been writing about the Danish games industry for more than ten years, and creating audio design for both Danish and International games for almost as long.

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