That's it, the year 2023 has just ended and it has been eventful for the video game industry. If we remember that it was the year of the announcement and the first trailer of GTA VI, it was also synonymous with major releases like Baldur's Gate 3 was voted GOTY at the Game Awards.
Given the ever-growing cultural and financial impact of video games, the website BonusInsider decided to produce it A world map showing which title was most searched for on Google in 2023 and here are the results.
The most popular games in the world in 2023
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Google Trends determined which game should be the most popular in 2023. So we will quickly realize that this is the sequel The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild what Tears of the Kingdom is is the most wanted game in the world. Ultimately, this isn't surprising, considering how much the first title revolutionized the idea of an open world, with innovative mechanics that have since become the foundation of the industry.
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Compared toEA Sports FC 24, Resident Evil 4, Baldur's Gate 3 and Diablo IVNintendo's title is up for grabs 72% of searches in France! A huge number that must also be explained because of the crafting aspect of this Zelda, which allows to create many machines but which require a lot of resources. We know how these types of games represent a huge search for tutorials and tips among gamers.
Surprisingly, Resident Evil 4 takes second place, despite the fact that this is a remake, which proves the great popularity of this work released in 2005 on GameCube. We will find that it is especially popular in the countries of South America and India. Maybe his arrival Native gaming on iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Max also took part in this research competition?
In fact, we thought we'd rather see this second spot last EA Sports FC 24, FIFA has always enjoyed great popularity around the world. It is precisely this sudden name change that leads us to believe that the majority of the license's regular customers may have searched on Google rather than searching for “EA Sports FC 24”. “FIFA 24”which may have distorted the results.
In fourth place is Baldur's Gate 3, the game of the year 2023. Even if the title from the Dungeons and Dragons license is relatively little known to the general public, it made a strong impression at the Game Awards, where it won the award for best Game of the Year, plus 5 other awards on the same evening! This managed to attract the attention of Internet users in particular in China, where it wins 44% of searches among the 5 games examined here.
Finally, Diablo IV ranks fifth in searches for games released in 2023 on Google Trends. Blizzard's game was the featured topic of Google searches in Hungarywith 28% of searches ahead of The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom.
Why is this study (really) very incomplete?
When this study tells us which games of 2023 were the most in demand in 2023, we are immediately surprised that the big game with the title is missing Hogwarts Legacy is the best-selling game in the United States this year, ahead of Call of Duty and a Rockstar game, which have been at the top in sales for over 15 years.
Furthermore, if Google Trends tells us more about player behavior in its search engine, it would have been a good omen to take other parameters into account to really know which was the most popular game of the year. We know that gamers are now looking for other sources of information about games such as YouTube or TikTok in addition to sales figures. Nevertheless, it is interesting to see how affinities for certain people can vary depending on the country.
- According to data collected on Google Trends, this is the case The 5 most searched games released in 2023 last year on the famous search engine.
- The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, Resident Evil 4, EA Sport FC 24, Baldur's Gate 3 and Diablo IV were the most searched games of 2023 on Google.
- It would have been interesting to compare these results with those of YouTube and TikToknew sources of information for players.
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