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Best Selling Video Games: India [2024]

20 May, 2024
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Mariya Chernenko
Mariya Chernenko
Best Selling Video Games: India [2024]

As we move through 2024, the video game industry in India is growing fast, thanks to better internet access and a young population that loves technology. This article will take a close look at the best-selling video games in India, focusing on the games that Indian gamers enjoy the most. We will explore how local tastes, the widespread use of smartphones, and global gaming trends influence which games are popular in India.

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Rank Game Genre Developer Publisher Platforms Release Date
1 Marvel's Spider-Man 2 Spider-Man 2 Action-adventure Insomniac Games Sony Interactive Entertainment PlayStation 5 October 20, 2023
2 Hogwarts Legacy Hogwarts Legacy Action role-playing Avalanche Software Warner Bros. Games PlayStation 5, Windows 10, Windows 11, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch February 10, 2023
3 Mortal Kombat 1 Mortal Kombat 1 Fighting NetherRealm Studios Warner Bros. Games Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox Series X/S September 19, 2023
4 Assassin's Creed Mirage Assassin's Creed Mirage Action-adventure Ubisoft Bordeaux Ubisoft PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, iOS October 5, 2023
5 The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Action-adventure Nintendo EPD Nintendo Nintendo Switch May 12, 2023

From mobile games that are perfect for on-the-go entertainment to console games that bring people together, we’ll find out why these games are popular and how they’re shaping the future of gaming in India. Let’s discover which games are topping the sales charts in one of the world’s most dynamic gaming markets. Here are the top-selling retail games in India for the PS5, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch platforms.

Top-5 Best Selling Video Games

1. Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man 2

“Marvel’s Spider-Man 2,” a 2023 action-adventure game developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, is based on the iconic Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. Drawing from the rich comic book mythology and various media adaptations, this game is the third installment in the Marvel’s Spider-Man series, following the 2018 original and the 2020 release, “Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.” In this sequel, Peter Parker and Miles Morales face personal and heroic challenges, contending with threats like a private militia led by Kraven the Hunter, who turns New York City into a battleground, and the extraterrestrial Venom symbiote that endangers Parker’s relationships by bonding with him. Released on October 20, 2023, for PlayStation 5, “Marvel’s Spider-Man 2” quickly became a commercial success, selling over 2.5 million units within 24 hours and reaching five million sales in just 11 days. It became the fastest-selling title from PlayStation Studios based on initial 24-hour sales and has sold ten million units as of February 2024.

2. Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy

“Hogwarts Legacy” is an action role-playing video game set in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Developed by Portkey Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the game invites players to experience life as a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the 1800s, well before the events of the Harry Potter books and films. “Hogwarts Legacy” is designed to appeal to both fans of the Harry Potter franchise and newcomers to the series, providing an immersive, interactive exploration of a much-loved universe. The game’s release was highly anticipated and it received attention for its expansive setting and the ability to explore a new chapter of the magical world. “Hogwarts Legacy” has achieved remarkable commercial success since its release. By early 2024, it had sold over 24 million copies globally, establishing itself as one of the best-selling video games of all time. The game dominated sales charts in several regions upon release, topping the monthly charts in the US in February 2023 and achieving record-breaking first-week sales in the UK. In Japan, it was also a bestseller, with significant sales across different console versions.

3. Mortal Kombat 1

Mortal Kombat 1

“Mortal Kombat 1,” developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Games, is the twelfth main installment in the Mortal Kombat series and marks the series’ second reboot following 2011’s “Mortal Kombat.” Released on September 19, 2023, the game is available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Windows, and Xbox Series X/S. This installment serves as both a reboot and a sequel to “Mortal Kombat 11” from 2019. It unfolds in a new timeline initiated by Liu Kang in the aftermath of the previous game’s expansion. In this timeline, Fire God Liu Kang gathers a group of fighters to compete in the latest Mortal Kombat tournament in Outworld, facing challenges from a formidable alliance led by Titan Shang Tsung. The versions for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and Windows have received generally positive reviews, with critics lauding the game’s visual fidelity, character roster, and innovative mechanics, though it has faced criticism for its implementation of microtransactions. As of November 2023, “Mortal Kombat 1” had sold nearly 3 million copies, and by January 27, 2024, Warner Bros. Games confirmed sales had reached 3 million units.

4. Assassin’s Creed Mirage

Assassin's Creed Mirage

“Assassin’s Creed Mirage,” a 2023 action-adventure game developed by Ubisoft Bordeaux and published by Ubisoft, marks the thirteenth major installment in the Assassin’s Creed series, following 2020’s “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.” Although it is set in the 9th-century Baghdad during the Islamic Golden Age, specifically during the Anarchy at Samarra, its modern-day narrative follows after “Valhalla.” The game centers around Basim Ibn Ishaq, a character first introduced in “Valhalla,” who evolves from a street thief to a member of the Hidden Ones, battling the Order of the Ancients who seek control over peace. Originally intended as an expansion for “Valhalla,” “Mirage” was transformed into a standalone game to broaden its narrative and gameplay scope. Developed primarily by Ubisoft Bordeaux, previously a support studio, the game’s design philosophy was a return to the foundational elements of the Assassin’s Creed series—stealth, parkour, and assassinations—distancing itself from the heavy role-playing elements of recent titles. Consequently, “Mirage” is more compact than its predecessors, blending new mechanics with those from earlier in the series.

Released on October 5, 2023, for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S, with a mobile version set to launch on iOS for iPhone 15 Pro models in early 2024, “Mirage” was well-received by critics. They lauded its world design and renewed focus on stealth, though some noted the story’s dependency on prior series entries. In its first week in Japan, the PlayStation 5 version sold 20,407 physical units, ranking it as the third best-selling retail game. According to Insider Gaming, “Assassin’s Creed Mirage” has reached 5 million players and generated an estimated $250 million in revenue.

5. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

The Legend of Zelda_ Tears of the Kingdom

“The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom,” a 2023 action-adventure game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch, continues the saga of Link as he embarks on a quest to find Princess Zelda and thwart Ganondorf’s plans to destroy Hyrule. This sequel to “Breath of the Wild” (2017) maintains the open-world gameplay of its predecessor and introduces new environments such as the Sky—a realm of floating islands—and the Depths, a vast underground cavern below Hyrule. Players have access to various devices for combat and exploration, including the ability to construct vehicles.

The game originated from ideas that surpassed the scope for “Breath of the Wild” DLC. Led by Nintendo’s Entertainment Planning & Development division, with director Hidemaro Fujibayashi and producer Eiji Aonuma reprising their roles, the development team drew inspiration from social media to craft gameplay mechanics that promote experimentation. Initially teased at E3 2019, the full reveal came at E3 2021.

“Tears of the Kingdom” shattered sales records, selling more than 10 million copies within its first three days and over 20.28 million copies by December 2023, making it one of the best-selling games on the Nintendo Switch. Notably, it was the first Nintendo-developed game to carry a US$70 price tag. The game set records as the fastest-selling title in The Legend of Zelda series and as the fastest-selling Nintendo game in the Americas, with over four million copies sold in the US alone. In Japan, it sold over 2.24 million copies in its first three days, with 1.1 million being physical copies. By August 2023, the impact of “Tears of the Kingdom” was so significant that it was reported to have boosted Japan’s GDP, with a notable 2.8% increase in consumer spending on semi-durable goods, including video games, from April to August 2023.

Chart-Toppers and Game Changers

In conclusion, the list of best-selling video games in India for 2024 highlights the vibrant and dynamic nature of the country’s gaming market. These popular titles, which range from accessible mobile games to immersive console experiences, reflect the diverse interests and technological engagement of Indian gamers. The success of these games is not just a testament to their quality and appeal but also indicates the growing prominence of India in the global gaming landscape. As developers continue to innovate and tailor their offerings to meet the unique preferences of Indian players, the future of gaming in India looks both exciting and promising. This ongoing evolution ensures that India will remain a key player in the world of video games for years to come.

Which video game is very popular in India?

Among the myriad of online gaming options, one game stands out as a favorite among Indian gamers: PUBG Mobile. Developed by Tencent Games and PUBG Corporation, this battle royale sensation has captivated millions across the nation, cutting across age, gender, and cultural boundaries.

What is the status of gaming in India?

According to the FICCI-EY report of 2022, transaction-based game revenues saw a 39% increase from 2021, surpassing INR 100 billion. More Indian players are paying for online games, with the percentage of first-time paying users increasing to 67% in 2022.

Is India a gaming country?

India is currently the largest gaming market in the world, with a user base of 568 million gamers and over 9.5 billion gaming app downloads in 2023. The sector has experienced impressive growth, with a 28% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) between FY20 and FY23.

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