Total French Games Market in 2011: €3.2bn

New boxed sales take 42% of total spending on games

Online and mobile gaming take 51% of time, 26% of money.

AMSTERDAM, 31 August 2011 – The 2011 French National Gamers Survey (L’Etude Nationale des Jeux Video) and the international Games Market Revenue Report, both from Newzoo,  reveal that 24 million French spend a total of 27 million hours per day on games. Less than half (42%) of these people actually spend money on games. Total consumer spending is expected to reach €3.2bn in 2011, 10% down from 2010. Almost three quarters (73%) goes to PC, Mac or console games, including second-hand trade, digital downloads and import.  Spending on new boxed games has dropped to 41% of all money spent, totalling to €1.3bn, comparable to wat IDEF en SELL recently projected for France in 2011. Spending on download PC or Mac games is expected to grow 22% compared to last year. Spending on console DLC is expected to pass €120 million or 8% of all console spending. Online and mobile gaming takes 51% of all time spent and 26% of money with spending on social network games (+11%) and mobile devices including iPad and iPod Touch (+9%) showing the highest growth. 

Free Infograph on the French Games Market

The results depicted in the infograph are based on analysis of high-level data from the French  National Gamers Surveys of 2009, 2010 and 2011, as well as external data available to Newzoo.

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Peter Warman, CEO and co-founder of Newzoo, comments:

“France is a relatively conservative market as console and PC/Mac gaming still take the majority of money. At the same time, second-hand trade and import form a larger share in France compared to Germany or the UK. Also, playing games online for free is immensely popular in France. In 2011 we foresee the micropayment business models of mobile, online and MMO games converting more and more players to payers, a trend that has been underway longer in the US and other main EU territories.”

L’etude Nationale des Jeux Video and the 2011 Games Market Revenue Report

·         For the third year Newzoo has performed an in-depth study of the French consumer market, covering more than 200 general and game-related topics. Clients get interactive online access to the full dataset facilitating (cross-)analyses and graph generating. Identical data is available on twelve other countries. Complete topic and product list can be found on

·         The full 2011 Games Market Revenue Report contains revenue breakdowns for the years 2009 to 2012 amongst the various game platforms, as well as the evolution of the total number of players and payers. The report is focused on six Western countries but also includes 2011 estimates for Brazil, Mexico, Russia and Spain. The report is available for purchase at a price of $950 via

On emerging markets Peter adds:  “In certain aspects emerging markets such as Brazil, Mexico and Russia are ahead of the traditional Western markets including France. The widespread implementation of the free-to-play business model fits these potentially huge markets very well, catering to small as well as large consumer budgets. We are excited to release fresh insights into consumer behaviour, game preferences and spending  in Brazil, Mexico and Russia as well as Spain very soon.”


About Newzoo

Newzoo is an international market research firm focused completely on the games industry. Newzoo aims to provide the best independent consumer market data across all game platforms and business models. Newzoo also operates the global B2B portal and publishes the bi-annual Games Industry Black Book. Gate2Shop (, a complete e-commerce solutions provider, is sponsor of the 2011 French National Gamers Survey. Newzoo’s full data access clients include Blizzard, PopCap, EA, RealGames/Zylom, Microsoft, RTL Group and SpilGames.


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