Video gaming remains to be one of the world’s most popular hobbies; in 2021, there are an estimated 3.24 billion gamers across the world. With PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo releasing new game titles for their latest consoles over the next few months, it’s safe to say that we’re currently in a golden age for gaming.
According to market research company IPSOS, 56% of YouTube gamers say YouTube is where they connect with their gaming community. It’s a platform where hype is cultivated around both new and old gaming titles, whether that’s from game trailers or walkthrough videos.
At AV Installations, we wanted to know which game titles are the most popular with gamers around the world. To find this out, we have conducted a study where we analysed YouTube data to find which games are the most viewed on the platform. From old classics like Mario Kart to new releases on the PlayStation 5, these are officially the most popular video game titles according to YouTube views. The results are below!
PlayStation and Nintendo titles dominate the top 25 most viewed games on YouTube, with 52% of titles being for PlayStation consoles. Interestingly, the most viewed game trailer of all time is a PlayStation title that hasn’t even been released yet. Hogwarts Legacy is due for release in 2022, and the data suggests that it could very quickly become one of the most popular games ever. Action-adventure games are also by far the most popular genre, with 32% of titles in the top 25 falling into this category.
Our study shows that PlayStation has the most popular game title of all time according to YouTube views, with 22,743,604 views on the Hogwarts Legacy trailer. Our data suggests that PlayStation is the most popular gaming console, with 52% of the top 25 most viewed gaming titles being PlayStation games. Action role-playing is also the most popular gaming genre on PlayStation, with half of their top 10 titles falling into this category, and they are also the only gaming platform with a Sim Racing title in their top 10.
Xbox received the fewest amount of YouTube views on their titles overall compared to PlayStation and Nintendo, with only two of their titles appearing in the top 25 most viewed games. Their most popular genre is First-Person Shooter and the most popular Xbox game according to YouTube views falls into this genre too. Xbox is also the only gaming platform with a Sci-Fi Adventure title in their top 10. Similarly to PlayStation, the most popular Xbox title is a game that has not yet been released. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is due for release this year, and looking at the amount of hype it’s already received, this isn’t one to miss!
The most popular Nintendo game title is a new release that came out just this year. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is a game bundle of action-adventure and platform games. Interestingly, four of the titles in Nintendo’s top 10 are set in the Super Mario universe, a game series unique to Nintendo. Nintendo is also the only platform with the genres Party, Puzzle video game, and Dungeon Crawl in their top 10.
To find which game titles are the most viewed on YouTube, we gathered data on the number of views of popular gaming trailers on YouTube. To ensure that the results were fair, we only took data from the official PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo YouTube channels instead of general gaming channels. We gathered data on the top 120 games across all three channels and then ranked them from the highest number of views to the lowest to reveal which is the most popular on the platform.