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Demand for Game Downloads Spiked During Pandemic in Germany

9 July 2021, 14:44
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According to the latest cybersport news, the number of games that were downloaded in Germany became bigger during the COVID-19 year. In 2020, the German games market grew to €8.5 billion. Read below to know more.

Demand for Game Downloads Spiked During Pandemic in Germany

During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 gamers all across Germany were purchasing computer and video games by downloading much more than in the previous years. While the mail-order trade was unavailable, customers were buying video games via downloading to PCs and consoles.

The download share of sales:

  • from 45% to 58% for 12 months;
  • 6 in 10 games were bought by downloading.

The German Games Industry Association has informed that if a game is cheap, the chance that it will be bought is much bigger. 8 out of 10 computer and video games that cost less than €30, will be purchased as downloads.

Gamers buy PC games through downloads more often than games for consoles like PlayStation, Switch, and Xbox. The share of PC games sales is 94% when the share of video games sales is 35%. It means that customers download 1 in 3 games. But it’s still more than in 2019 when the share was 24%.

Game market in 2019 and 2020

The total amount of downloaded games for PC and game consoles in 2020 is €8.5 billion. It’s by 32% more than in the previous year. Customers also were buying all the gaming equipment like consoles and PCs. The income is €3.2 billion (26% over 2019). Gamers also have purchased in-game and in-app purchases, subscriptions, and chargers for online services climbing to €5.2 billion.

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