The Golden Age of Gaming: A Look into the Most Popular Games

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It is clear that the video game industry is going through a golden age of development. As technology continues to advance, there are so many immersive games and entirely new genres arriving on the scene. Augmented and virtual reality is currently a favorite that has taken the world by storm. In fact, it is predicted that by  2027, both VR and AR will each have more than 100 million users worldwide. Fitness and casino gaming are two rapidly growing genres as well that already have millions of players around the globe. 

Aside from the genres with a lot of potential, there are some video games that have already been extremely popular around the world. Sports games, such as FIFA, have sold over 325 million copies, which is almost larger than the entire population of the United States. Multiplayer online battle arenas (MOBA), found in games such as Fortnight and Battle of Kings, are extremely popular for the ability to interact with and compete against other players. Simulation, action-adventure, and first person shooter games are also dominating the market. There are varying percentages of players for each type of genre depending on the different age groups. However, 16-24 year olds make up the most players across the board. In the United States, some games are more popular in certain states than in others.

The most popular games have been selected as the top pick for various states. For example, Hogwarts Legacy was heavily voted as a favorite this year, being selected by Texas, Idaho, Missouri, and New Mexico. Other popular games include Zelda, The Last of Us, and High On Life, which each cover a vastly different genre and type of game than the next.  Interestingly, there isn’t just one popular genre that seems to win over the public—sports, combat, zombie, and adventure games are all enjoying widespread success.

Mapping The World’s Most Popular Video Games