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Global Video Game Console Market Reached Record of $53.9 Billion in 2020

Global Video Game Console Market Reached Record of $53.9 Billion in 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 07 April 2021 / 1,615 Views

The worldwide video game console market reached a new record of $53.9 billion in 2020, according to a new report from analytics firm Ampere Analysis. This figure is up 19 percent year-over-year and is expected to continue to grow in 2021 to $58.6 billion.

Sony was the number one market leader in 2020, accounting for 46 percent of the console, which is down from 49 percent in 2019. Microsoft's marketshare declined by one percent to 23 percent. 

With Sony and Microsoft decreasing their marketshare slightly in 2020, Nintendo increased to just under 31 percent of the total console market. This is thanks to the growth in the Switch, with about $7 billion spent on Switch hardware. 

Global Video Game Console Market Reached Record of $53.9 Billion in 2020

50 percent of the money spent on software went to Sony's consoles. However, when it comes to just physical game sales Nintendo was number one. 

Digital content grew in 2020 and accounted for 67 percent of video game spending in 2020, which is up from 59 percent in 2019. 

Thanks, GamesIndustry.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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5 Comments
kazuyamishima (on 11 March 2021)

“50% of the money spent on software went to Sony’s consoles”

That’s why they haven’t match a gamepass system yet.

Huge numbers tho.

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Original kazuyamishima (on 12 March 2021)

Nintendo is number #1 at physical sales and I'm sure Sony is not 50% because Nintendo doesn't reveal digital sales if they did it'd have changed

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kazuyamishima Original (on 12 March 2021)

Reading the article from GamesIndustry, it seems that digital sales are already included.

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hunter_alien (on 11 March 2021)

Still remember some cuck CEO at Rovio predicting that the console industry will go bust before 2020.

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Sholities (on 11 March 2021)

I remember when gaming barely cracked $10 billion (well, whenever I actually paid attention to sales). They killing it now (with unfortunate micro transactions included).

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