Play Hard, Earn Hard: The Best-Selling Games And Hardware Of 2018 So Far
Although 2018 hasn't come to its end, it has already seen a dramatic 15% rise in gaming soft/hardware sales. Compared to 2017, people spent $4.2 billion on the "geeky" entertainment. And obviously, they won't stop, which is promising. The more cash we spend, the more games of decent quality we get. Except for PUBG, of course.
The American market has seen a 14% rise, reaching the 1.4 billion dollars mark this year. The winner's laurels belong to Sony Play Station 4 naturally. The profit generated by PS sales managed to beat the record set by the Nintendo Wii as the fastest selling console back in 2008-2009. Indirectly, God of War is responsible for such a smashing success.
Accessories sold 28% more units, compared to 2017. Consequently, PS 4 Dual Shock 4 WC Black conquered the title of the best-selling gamepad in history.
Headsets showed a tremendous 89% growth in 2018 which left the analysts dumbfounded. However, the explanation was rather self-evident: Playerunknown's Battlegrounds was responsible for that colossal money influx.
God of War is the current season's sensation: it proved to be the best-selling PS 4 exclusive game in history, dominating global charts in the brutal manner of Kratos.
GTA 5 is still in the Top 10, despite the fact it was released 5 years ago. It's sorta similar to Big Bang, the echo of which we still can hear.
Far Cry 5, one of the most anticipated games of 2018, dominated charts almost instantly since its release by the end of March. As of now, it's the best-selling game in the entire Far Cry franchise and the second best-selling game produced by Ubisoft. It's only overshadowed by Tom Clancy's The Division.
In April, God of War managed to knock Far Cry 5 off its royal pedestal. However, in the long run, it sells more units than the saga about Kratos the Merciless. The reason is that Far Cry 5 isn't exclusively limited to one and only platform.
FIFA 18 gained the title of the fastest selling sports-game on Nintendo Switch, and it's still in the top 20. Obviously, FIFA World Cup 2018, hosted in Russia, has something to do with the precipitous rise of the game's popularity.
Player's Unknown Battlegrounds still lingers somewhere in the middle of the Top 20. And at times it manages to climb up a couple of positions actually.
The notorious and widely disliked Star Wars Battlefront II (2017) is nowhere to be seen neither in Top 10 nor in Top 20 at the moment. Which is what it deserves indeed.
As of now the 20 best-selling games of 2018 are:
- God of War.
- Far Cry 5.
- MLB 18: The Show.
- Labo Variety Kit.
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
- Mario Kart 8.
- Grand Theft Auto 5.
- Call of Duty: WWII.
- Super Mario Odyssey.
- NBA 2k18
- Playerunknown's Battlegrounds.
- Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands.
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
- Monster Hunter: World.
- Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege.
- A Way Out.
- Yakuza 6: The Song Of Life.
- Sea Of Thieves.
- Kirby Star Allies.
- FIFA 18.
The biggest mystery here is how does Mario Kart 8 still manage to stay in top 20?
Perhaps some riddles will remain unsolved forever.
Sources:  www.statista.com, news.ubisoft.com