Platform: Platform of the games release (i.e. PC,PS4, etc.)
Year: Year of the game’s release
Genre: Genre of the game
Publisher: Publisher of the game
NA_Sales: Sales in North America (in millions)
EU_Sales: Sales in Europe (in millions)
JP_Sales: Sales in Japan (in millions)
Other_Sales: Sales in the rest of the world (in millions)
Global_Sales: Total worldwide sales (in millions)
(sales are the number of copies)
Below are the summary statistics for the numerical variables:
1. Genre Popularity over the Years
It seems that Action game is the dominating genre since 2000, and Sports game is usually the second popular genre.
Also, the global sales peaked around 2008 and then started to drop dramatically.
2. Genre Sales by Regions
The sales numbers are aggregated to remove the time dimension. From the graph above, we can see that in terms of sales, people from North America and those from Europe have very similar tastes as they all prefer Action, Sports, Shooter, and
Platform over others, though in terms of absolute numbers, games are sold more in North America than in Europe.
However, in Japan, the most popular genre is Role-Playing, which might be due to the cultural differences.
Globally, Action and Sports are the most popular genres.
3. Global Sales by Genre of the Top 10 Publishers
Below shows the Top 10 Publishers in terms of cumulative global sales over the years:
Within the Top 10 publishers, Sports games have the greatest global sales, followed by Action games.
Electronic Arts has absolute power over the Sports games, while Take-Two Interactive is the No. 1 Action
game publisher. Although Puzzle, Role Playing and Platform games don’t have the most sales, in those worlds,
Nintendo reigns. And Shooter game is Activision’s playground.
4. Top 5 Publishers (Global Sales) over the Decades
The graph below shows how the Top 5 Publishers change over time. However, it’s worth noting that 2010s doesn’t have complete data as
we are still in the middle of it!
Legendarily, Nintendo is the only one that has been in this short list for 4 decades. Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts since then has been climbing on this list step by step, and
finally in the current decade becomes the No.1 game publisher as of 2016.
Also, the gaming industry seems to have reached the apex during the 2000s, even though we are only half way through the current decade, the absolute difference between 2000s and 2010s is still significantly large.
5. XBOX vs PlayStation
As two very (if not the most) famous gaming consols, XBOX and PlayStation have been competing against each other for over a decade.
From the graph above, most of the PlayStation game sales come from Japan, the home of the brand, while since its release in 2001, the popularity of
XBOX has increased a lot global-wise. In North America, XBOX and PlayStation seem to be taking up
the market share equally, but everywhere else, PlayStation has relatively more share and in Japan, PlayStation is just pure monopoly.
Though introduced at around the same time, PlayStation tends to outperform XBOX One in every market, in terms of game sales.