According to the latest GSD data, 15.5 million games were sold across Europe last month.
This data includes digital games from most major AAA game publishers and physical retail games from major European countries. Full list below.
Five million games were sold through physical retail, with the remaining 10.5 million sold through digital download stores.
That’s a 20% increase in sales from June last year, driven by a number of key new releases.
Diablo 4 was by far the best selling game of the month and the second best selling game of the year after Hogwarts Legacy. Zelda is the 3rd fastest selling game, but digital download data for this game is missing (Nintendo does not share this information), so it’s possible that Diablo 4 is actually #3 in the list of the year’s fastest selling games .
Diablo 4 is the biggest video game launch in June since the GSD chart began in 2017.
Over 66% of Diablo 4 sales were on PC, over 21% on PS5 and just under 9% on Xbox Series S and X. The remaining 4% was on PS4.
Second is Square Enix’s Final Fantasy 16. The game’s launch is 24% lower compared to the last major Final Fantasy game, 2020’s Final Fantasy 7: Remake. Final Fantasy 16 is a slightly different take on the series, and the 2020 game released just before the COVID-19 lockdown began (and when the console install base was higher), which could explain the drop.
The next major release is EA’s F1 23. It’s a disappointing start for the official racing game, with sales down almost 47% compared to F1 22 over the same period.
Just under 65% of F1 23 sales were on PS5, just over 22.5% on Xbox Series S and X and 12.5% on PS5. PCs accounted for just 0.3% of sales.
The next notable new game on the June charts is Street Fighter 6 at No. 9. Over 51% of Capcom’s fighting game sales were on PS5, 28% on PC, 12% on Xbox Series S and X, and nearly 9% on PS4 .
Looking at just these four new releases, 80% of sales came from digital download stores. Obviously that varies quite a bit by game, with Diablo 4 at one end of the spectrum and Final Fantasy 16 at the other. In fact, across Europe, Final Fantasy was purchased primarily through physical retail stores.
In terms of purely physical retail sales, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom narrowly edged out Diablo 4 from the top spot.
In terms of hardware, just 500,700 games consoles were sold in the European markets surveyed last month, a 33% increase from last June.
This is due to an increase in PlayStation 5 sales (up 116%), while Switch sales are slightly down (-2.3%), while Xbox Series S and
PS5 is reclaiming its place as Europe’s No. 1 console after having to settle for second place last month on the back of the success of Nintendo Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
For accessories, Sony’s DualSense controller is #1 with a 6.6% year-on-year increase in sales. Then it’s the Xbox wireless controller, which saw a huge jump in sales thanks to the launch of a special Starfield edition.
A total of 1.46 million accessories and toys-to-life products were sold, an increase of 5.4% compared to June 2022.
As for point cards, 1.3 million of them were sold last month (up 3.4% year-on-year) and PlayStation Store top-up cards are still number 1.
Table of Contents
European GSD June 2023 Top 10 (digital + physical)
|1||Diablo 4 (Activision Blizzard)|
|2||Final Fantasy 16 (Square Enix)|
|3||FIFA 23 (EA)|
|4||The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Nintendo)*|
|5||Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rock Star)|
|6||F1 23 (EA)|
|7||Hogwarts Legacy (Warner Bros.)|
|8th||Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)|
|9||Street Fighter 6 (Capcom)|
|10||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision Blizzard)|
* Digital data not available
GSD Digital Data includes games from participating companies sold through Steam, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and Nintendo Eshop. Major participating companies include Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Codemasters, Electronic Arts, Embracer Group (including Gearbox, Koch Media, Saber Interactive), Focus Entertainment, Konami, Marvelous Games, Microids, Microsoft (including Bethesda), Milestone, Nacon, Paradox Interactive, Quantic Dream, Sega, Sony, Square Enix, Take-Two, Ubisoft and Warner Bros. Nintendo and 505 Games are the notable absentees alongside smaller studios.
Digital Data includes games published in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal and Romania were sold, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and United Kingdom.
The physical data includes all games but only those sold in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Console hardware sales extend to Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Accessory sales cover the same markets but exclude Switzerland.