Top Video Games Exports by Country

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Worldwide exports of video game consoles and related equipment totaled US$21.4 billion in 2017, up by 73.7% for all video games shippers over the five-year period starting in 2013. Globally, the value of exported video games accelerated by 50% from 2016 to 2017.

In contrast, video games made for television dwindled to a mere $33,000 exported by four tiny countries in the Caribbean and Central America. Games requiring money to play were worth $3.8 billion down by -5.9% since 2013.

Among continents, Asian countries sold the highest dollar worth of exported video games during 2017 with shipments valued at $15.2 billion or 71.1% of the international total. In second place were European exporters at 21% while 7.5% of worldwide video games shipments originated from North America.

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 950450 for video game consoles and machines. Excluded is gaming equipment operated by any means of payment (950430) and video games for use with a television receiver (950410).

Top Video Games Exports by Country

Top 15

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of video games-related equipment during 2017.

  1. China: US$11.8 billion (55.4% of exported video games)
  2. Japan: $1.5 billion (7%)
  3. Hong Kong: $1.4 billion (6.7%)
  4. Poland: $1.28 billion (6%)
  5. United States: $1.26 billion (5.9%)
  6. Germany: $1.1 billion (5%)
  7. Spain: $664 million (3.1%)
  8. United Arab Emirates: $275.2 million (1.3%)
  9. United Kingdom: $265.3 million (1.24%)
  10. Netherlands: $255.3 million (1.19%)
  11. Mexico: $200.4 million (0.9%)
  12. Denmark: $176.9 million (0.8%)
  13. Canada: $149 million (0.7%)
  14. Sweden: $145.6 million (0.68%)
  15. Slovakia: $143.2 million (0.67%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 96.7% of all video games exported in 2017 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing video games exporter since 2013 was Poland via its 2,931% gain in value since 2013. In second place was Spain (up 799.6%), followed by Slovakia (up 297.6%), Hong Kong (up 97.8%) and China (up 94.2%).

Bucking the upbeat trend, three exported endured setbacks over the 5-year period: Canada (down -48.6%), the United Kingdom (down -23.4%) then the United States (down -13.8%).

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for video games during 2017. Investopedia defines net exports as the value of a country’s total exports minus the value of its total imports. Thus, the statistics below present the surplus between the value of each country’s exported video games and its import purchases for that same commodity.

  1. China: US$11.4 billion (net export surplus up 95% since 2013)
  2. Slovakia: $52.6 million (reversing a -$2.2 million deficit)
  3. Serbia: $2.4 million (reversing a -$1.4 million deficit)
  4. Vietnam: $521,000 (reversing a -$76,000 deficit)
  5. Latvia: $221,000 (reversing a -$441,000 deficit)
  6. Kenya: $85,000 (reversing a -$190,000 deficit)
  7. Laos: $5,000 (no 2013 data)
  8. Cuba: $2,000 (reversing a -$205,000 deficit)

By far, the People’s Republic of China has the highest surplus in the international trade of video games. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms China’s strong competitive advantage for this specific product category.

Opportunities

The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for video games during 2017. Investopedia defines net exports as the value of a country’s total exports minus the value of its total imports. Thus, the statistics below present the deficit between the value of each country’s imported video games purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. United States: -US$3.4 billion (net export deficit down -3.7% since 2013)
  2. France: -$992.8 million (up 30.3%)
  3. United Kingdom: -$952.1 million (up 31%)
  4. Germany: -$864 million (up 78.4%)
  5. Canada: -$467.2 million (up 64.7%)
  6. Spain: -$436.9 million (up 42.2%)
  7. Australia: -$339.2 million (up 31.8%)
  8. Italy: -$326.7 million (up 45.7%)
  9. Japan: -$286.5 million (down -58.9%)
  10. Mexico: -$261.3 million (down -8.7%)
  11. United Arab Emirates: -$248.2 million (down -2880.5%)
  12. Paraguay: -$204 million (down -15.6%)
  13. Saudi Arabia: -$144.9 million (reversing an $8.9 million surplus)
  14. Russia: -$139.8 million (down -12.4%)
  15. Switzerland: -$132.6 million (up 103.1%)

The United States of America incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of video games. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights America’s competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for video games-supplying countries that help satisfy the powerful demand.

Developers

Companies that Develop Video Games

Below are businesses that design and build video games for the international market. The home country for each company is shown within parenthesis.

  • Crytek (Germany)
  • Die Gute Fabrik (Denmark)
  • Frictional Games (Sweden)
  • Microsoft Studios (United States)
  • Netease (China)
  • Next Level Games Inc (Canada)
  • Nihon Falcom Corporation (Japan)
  • Pendulo Studios (Spain)
  • Spil Games (Netherlands)
  • Techland (Poland)
  • Typhoon Games Ltd (Hong Kong)
  • VoxelStorm Ltd (United Kingdom)


 

Searchable List of Video Games Exporters

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RankExporter2017 Video Games Exports%Total
1.China$11.8 billion55.4%
2.Japan$1.5 billion7%
3.Hong Kong$1.4 billion6.7%
4.Poland$1.3 billion6%
5.United States$1.3 billion5.9%
6.Germany$1.1 billion5%
7.Spain$664 million3.1%
8.United Arab Emirates$275.2 million1.3%
9.United Kingdom$265.3 million1.24%
10.Netherlands$255.3 million1.19%
11.Mexico$200.4 million0.9%
12.Denmark$176.9 million0.8%
13.Canada$149 million0.7%
14.Sweden$145.6 million0.68%
15.Slovakia$143.2 million0.67%
16.France$129.7 million0.6%
17.Singapore$101.9 million0.48%
18.Belgium$99.8 million0.47%
19.Czech Republic$65.5 million0.3%
20.Australia$42.6 million0.2%
21.Italy$35.8 million0.17%
22.Croatia$33.8 million0.16%
23.Tunisia$23.4 million0.11%
24.Austria$16.5 million0.08%
25.Greece$15.3 million0.07%
26.Finland$15.2 million0.07%
27.Russia$14.9 million0.07%
28.Ireland$10.9 million0.05%
29.Hungary$9.2 million0.04%
30.Malaysia$8.3 million0.04%
31.Lithuania$7.7 million0.04%
32.Taiwan$7.1 million0.03%
33.Latvia$6.9 million0.03%
34.Estonia$5.7 million0.03%
35.South Korea$5.6 million0.03%
36.Bulgaria$5.4 million0.03%
37.Saudi Arabia$5.3 million0.02%
38.Slovenia$5.3 million0.02%
39.Serbia$4.9 million0.02%
40.Vietnam$3.8 million0.02%
41.South Africa$3.3 million0.02%
42.Portugal$2.5 million0.01%
43.Israel$2.2 million0.01%
44.Switzerland$2.2 million0.01%
45.Romania$2 million0.01%
46.New Zealand$2 million0.01%
47.Philippines$1.7 million0.01%
48.Norway$1.6 million0.01%
49.India$1.3 million0.01%
50.Brazil$1.3 million0.01%
51.Panama$1.1 million0.01%
52.Luxembourg$1.1 million0.005%
53.Oman$915,0000.004%
54.Chile$781,0000.004%
55.Thailand$655,0000.003%
56.Belarus$623,0000.003%
57.Turkey$512,0000.002%
58.Paraguay$456,0000.002%
59.Cyprus$346,0000.002%
60.Colombia$257,0000.001%
61.Indonesia$152,0000.001%
62.Macedonia$142,0000.001%
63.Ukraine$141,0000.001%
64.Kenya$129,0000.001%
65.Bosnia/Herzegovina$116,0000.001%
66.Kazakhstan$102,0000.0005%
67.Kuwait$90,0000.0004%
68.Lebanon$86,0000.0004%
69.Brunei Darussalam$78,0000.0004%
70.Venezuela$59,0000.0003%
71.Macao$54,0000.0003%
72.Cameroon$51,0000.0002%
73.Jordan$49,0000.0002%
74.Guatemala$46,0000.0002%
75.Peru$28,0000.0001%
76.Uruguay$28,0000.0001%
77.Belize$27,0000.0001%
78.Costa Rica$22,0000.0001%
79.Trinidad/Tobago$18,0000.0001%
80.Namibia$17,0000.0001%
81.Afghanistan$13,0000.0001%
82.Côte d'Ivoire$13,0000.0001%
83.Mauritius$12,0000.0001%
84.Armenia$9,0000.00004%
85.Dominican Republic$8,0000.00004%
86.Botswana$6,0000.00003%
87.Laos$5,0000.00002%
88.Georgia$4,0000.00002%
89.Bangladesh$4,0000.00002%
90.Malta$4,0000.00002%
91.Qatar$3,0000.00001%
92.Papua New Guinea$3,0000.00001%
93.Bahrain$3,0000.00001%
94.Angola$2,0000.00001%
95.Azerbaijan$2,0000.00001%
96.Cuba$2,0000.00001%
97.El Salvador$2,0000.00001%
98.Honduras$2,0000.00001%
99.Jamaica$2,0000.00001%
100.Nicaragua$2,0000.00001%
101.Egypt$2,0000.00001%
102.Tanzania$2,0000.00001%
103.Swaziland$1,0000.000005%
104.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$1,0000.000005%
105.Palau$1,0000.000005%
106.Pakistan$1,0000.000005%
107.Kyrgyzstan$1,0000.000005%
108.Equatorial Guinea$1,0000.000005%
109.Gibraltar$1,0000.000005%
110.Cayman Islands$1,0000.000005%
111.Argentina$1,0000.000005%

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