game annual charts: the most successful new games in Germany in 2023

  • EA SPORTS FC 24’ tops German annual charts for the best-selling PC and console games of 2023
  • Also among the top 5 most successful games in 2023: ‘Hogwarts Legacy’, ‘Diablo IV’, ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III’ and ‘The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’

Across all genres, 2023 featured outstanding game highlights that thrilled fans in Germany and around the world. The eventful year of major new releases is reflected in  game – The German Games Industry Association’s annual charts of the best-selling games for PCs and game consoles released in 2023. The annual charts are headed by the football simulation ‘EA SPORTS FC 24’ (Electronic Arts), which in 2023 appeared for the first time under the new series title and, from its release in September, consistently achieved top 3 rankings in the German monthly charts. The magic open-world game ‘Hogwarts Legacy’ (Warner Bros. Games), from the ‘Harry Potter’ universe, captured second place in the annual charts. This is followed in third place by the long-awaited ‘Diablo IV’ (Activision Blizzard), the new instalment in the RPG series of the same name. Just two months after its publication in November, the action-packed first-person shooter ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III’ (Activision Blizzard) finished the year in fourth place. Fifth place in the annual charts was secured by another action-adventure success story, ‘The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’ (Nintendo), which continues the tale of the well-known protagonists Link and Princess Zelda. And a German production once again made the annual rankings: the specially developed console version of the city-building strategy game ‘Anno 1800: Console Edition’ (Ubisoft), which was remastered for the console gaming experience.

Top 20 PC and console games sold via physical media and download in Germany released in 2023:

Information on the annual charts

The annual charts for 2023 list the games released that year for PCs and game consoles that were most often sold – physically and digitally, across platforms – in Germany in 2023. The data is gathered by Games Sales Data (GSD), a platform operated by Video Games Europe (VGE). Digital sales of Nintendo titles from the Nintendo eShop are not included. As the respective publishers are not currently participating in GSD, the games “Alan Wake 2” and “Baldur’s Gate 3” are not included.

game – the German Games Industry Association

We are the association of the German games industry. Our members represent the entire video game ecosystem, from development studios and publishers to esports event organisers, educational institutions and other related entities. We are co-organisers of gamescom, the world’s biggest event for computer and video games. We are a shareholder in the Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body (USK), the Foundation for Digital Games Culture, the esports player foundation, devcom and the collecting society VHG, as well as co-host of the German Computer Game Awards. Serving as a central point of contact for media, as well as political and social institutions, we provide comprehensive expertise in areas including market development, game culture and media literacy, and address any inquiries or concerns. Together we are making Germany the heart of gaming worldwide. With games, we enrich the lives of all people.

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