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Germany: Game downloads surge in the Covid-19 year

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  • 6 in 10 PC and console games sold in 2020 were purchased as downloads
  • Share of sales revenue from game downloads rises to over 40 per cent
  • Great differences between PC and console games
  • German games market grows to 8.5 billion euros in 2020

The trend of purchasing computer and video games by download accelerated significantly in the Covid-19 year 2020. Alongside the mail-order trade, the only option open to many games fans during periods of closed retail businesses was purchase via download to PCs and games consoles. This spurred a jump in the download share of sales in PC and console games from 45 to 58 per cent within 12 months – meaning that 6 in 10 games purchases in 2020 were made via download. The download share of sales revenue is somewhat lower: downloads account for about 4 in 10 euros in sales made in Germany in 2020 with PC and console games, up from 33 per cent in 2019. As a general rule, the cheaper the game is, the greater the share of download purchases. 8 in 10 computer and video games costing up to 30 euros are purchased as downloads. These are the numbers released today by game – the German Games Industry Association, based on data collected by the market research company GfK. There are big differences between PC and games consoles. For PC games, the download share of sales is 94 per cent. For games consoles like PlayStation, Switch and Xbox, on the other hand, only about 1 in 3 games (35 per cent) is purchased via download. However, this represents a considerable increase in comparison to 2019, when the share was 24 per cent.

‘The purchase of games via download has taken longer to establish itself in Germany than in other countries,’ says Felix Falk, Managing Director of game. ‘Many players continue to buy games on data storage devices due to internet connections with too little bandwidth or the numerous businesses with games departments – from electronics retailers to drugstores. In the Covid-19 year 2020, there was a tremendous surge in the share of download games. Not least, the shop closures during the shutdowns contributed strongly to this development.’

 

German games market: big jump in sales revenue in 2020

The German games market recorded a strong jump in sales revenue in the Covid-19 year 2020: total sales revenue of around 8.5 billion euros was achieved in computer and video games and associated hardware, as already reported by game. This is an increase of 32 per cent compared to the previous year. Sales of more than 3.2 billion euros were registered with games consoles, gaming PCs and the corresponding peripheral equipment – an increase of 26 per cent over 2019. The submarket for computer and video games showed even stronger growth, with purchases of games, in-game and in-app purchases, subscriptions and charges for online services climbing to 5.2 billion euros, an impressive 36 per cent rise compared to the previous year.

 

About the market data

The market data is based on statistics compiled by the GfK Consumer Panel. The methods used by GfK to collect data on Germany’s video games market are unique in terms of both their quality and their global use. They include an ongoing survey of 25,000 consumers who are representative of the German population as a whole regarding their video game purchasing and usage habits, as well as a retail panel. The data collection methods provide a unique insight into the German market for computer and video games.

 

game – the German Games Industry Association

We are the association of the German games industry. Our members include developers, publishers and many other games industry actors such as esports event organisers, educational establishments and service providers. As a joint organiser of gamescom, we are responsible for the world’s biggest event for computer and video games. We are an expert partner for media and for political and social institutions, and answer questions relating to market development, games culture and media literacy. Our mission is to make Germany the best games location.

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Game Changers and Guild X broke records in Berlin

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Guild Esports, a global esports team organisation, took sixth place overall with team Guild X in the inaugural VALORANT Game Changers Championship, held in Berlin (15-20 November).

Following a year of intense regional competition, the world’s most elite Game Changers squads went head-to-head in person, for the first time ever, to crown a global champion in Germany. Bringing together the best teams from North America, Brazil, EMEA, APAC, LATAM and East Asia, G2 Esports won the Grand Final to lift the coveted championship trophy.

Supporting women in gaming is a key part of Guild’s strategy within the sporting community, aligning with the aims of Game Changers to create new opportunities and exposure for women and other marginalised genders within VALORANT esports.

The tournament in Berlin, with over 150,000 viewers* tuning in, demonstrates how women in gaming and teams such as Guild X are not just changing the game but also breaking records. According to Esports Charts, Game Changers has become the most-watched tournament for women’s esports.

On Sunday, Guild also hosted a watch party at the Sky Guild Gaming Centre in Shoreditch with talent Elz the Witch, Iain Chambers plus other influencers such as Megsoundslikeegg and Geo Collins in attendance. Even though Guild X was not in the Grand Final, Guild, along with its supporting partners Sky and Subway, wanted to offer a safe space for VALORANT fans to watch the finale, especially women and marginalised gender fans.

Jasmine Skee, Chief Marketing Officer at Guild Esports, said: “Our vision at Guild is to lead the way in supporting the future of women in gaming, and we are committed to equal opportunities for our Guild X players. The Game Changers Championship in Berlin was a hugely successful event and we are extremely proud as an organisation to have been a part of it. Congratulations to all at G2 Esports on their victory in such a milestone event for the esports industry. With the announcement of the new Game Changers format, we’re excited to watch our Guild X team, and the wider women esports industry, grow.”

Guild X has been confirmed this week as automatic top-tier qualifiers for the VALORANT Game Changers EMEA 2023 competition, with relegation rules now being in place as part of the new format changes announced. The Game Changers tournament will continue to break down stereotypes, elevate women and allow them to further their careers in a dedicated safe space, and provide a platform for professional growth both in and outside of the game – all actions that are completely aligned with Guild’s strategy moving into 2023 and beyond.

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CT Interactive in strategic deal with Kajot

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CT Interactive, a global gaming content provider, has concluded a strategic deal with Kajot. Through this partnership, CT Interactive will be able to broaden the reach of its products in Slovakia and the Czech Republic while further diversifying the content of the slots available on the platform, Kajot works with.

Kajot is a renowned Czech gaming operator with an extensive portfolio of games.

“We are proud to announce that we will work with an operator who has 26 years of experience in the gaming industry”, said Milena Tsankarska, Head of Business Development EMEA at CT Interactive. She added, “This action demonstrates our company’s intention to keep growing its market share in Europe”.

Once the integration process is completed, the first market that the company will enter with Kajot is Slovakia, and later, it will expand to the Czech Republic.

“We are pleased to conclude a deal with CT Interactive. We are certain that our customers will appreciate the inclusion of their content on our platform”, commented André Kruf, sales director at Kajot group of companies.

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ZEAL brings on Rodja Schmitz-Hübsch as VP Marketing

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Rodja Schmitz-Hübsch joined the ZEAL team in October as Vice President Marketing
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Rodja Schmitz-Hübsch joined the ZEAL team in October as Vice President Marketing. In his position, he reports directly to COO Sönke Martens. In addition to the strategic development of marketing at ZEAL, his responsibilities also include the ongoing optimization of new customer acquisition and customer relationship management.

Before joining ZEAL, the marketing expert was Head of Campaigns at the online marketplace OTTO and worked for five years at the digital creative agency elbdudler, most recently as Managing Partner.

“I am very much looking forward to my new tasks at ZEAL, because what could be better as a marketer than making people dream and turning dreams into reality – not least, we have already paid out more than €200 million this year to our big winners alone,” says Rodja Schmitz-Hübsch. “ZEAL has made an impressive development with the portals LOTTO24 and Tipp24. Together with the great team, we will continue to write this success story and consistently pave the way for further growth in marketing.”

Rodja Schmitz-Hübsch is a renowned marketing manager with deep expertise in brand management and e-commerce,” says Sönke Martens, COO of ZEAL. “Today, more than ever, a professional marketing strategy is crucial for companies to succeed. We are pleased to have a true professional on board with Rodja, who with his experience and passion for good marketing will be an important driver for further growth at ZEAL.”

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