Top Video Games Exports by Country

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Worldwide exports of video game consoles and related equipment totaled US$24.4 billion in 2018. That dollar amount reflects a 61% increase for all video games shippers over the five-year period starting in 2014 when exported video games were worth $15.2 billion. From year to year, international sales of video games rose by 2% from 2017 to 2018.

Among continents, Asia sold the highest dollar worth of exported video games during 2018 with shipments valued at $15.6 billion or 63.9% of the overall total. In second place were European exporters at 30.4% while 5.5% of worldwide video games shipments originated from North America. Smaller percentages came from suppliers of video games in Oceania (0.2%) led by Australia, Africa (0.01%) and Latin America (also 0.01%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean.

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 950450 for video game consoles and machines. Separate is gaming equipment operated by any means of payment (950430).

Comprising a distinct product category, video games requiring money to play were worth $4.3 billion rising 9.8% since 2014 and up 10.8% from 2017 to 2018. Top 10 countries selling video games depending on user payment are United States (24.9% of global total), Austria (14.4%), China (10.7%), Czech Republic (6.3%), Hong Kong (4.9%), United Kingdom (also 4.9%), Germany (4%), Bulgaria (3.8%), Mexico (3.4%) and Slovenia (3.2%).

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 2018, excluding video games requiring user payment to play.

  1. China: US$11 billion (45.2% of total video games exports)
  2. Netherlands: $2.4 billion (9.7%)
  3. Japan: $2.3 billion (9.4%)
  4. Hong Kong: $2.1 billion (8.4%)
  5. Poland: $1.5 billion (6.1%)
  6. Germany: $1.4 billion (5.8%)
  7. United States: $1.1 billion (4.5%)
  8. Spain: $778.7 million (3.2%)
  9. United Kingdom: $329.9 million (1.3%)
  10. Slovakia: $178.7 million (0.7%)
  11. Sweden: $162 million (0.7%)
  12. Denmark: $150.3 million (0.6%)
  13. Mexico: $144.7 million (0.6%)
  14. Singapore: $113.8 million (0.5%)
  15. Canada: $111.3 million (0.5%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 97.1% of all video games exported in 2018.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing video games exporters since 2014 were: Spain (up 626.5%), Poland (up 375%), Hong Kong (up 340.9%) and Slovakia (up 228.3%).

Those countries that posted declines in their exported video games sales were led by: Singapore (down -52.4%), United Kingdom (down -37.4%), Mexico (down -32.5%), United States (down -22.8%) and Netherlands (down -21.4%).

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for video games during 2018 excluding those that require user payment. 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$10.7 billion (net export surplus up 98.4% since 2014)
  2. Japan: $669.5 million (reversing a -$677.2 million deficit)
  3. Hong Kong: $182.6 million (up 213.9%)
  4. Slovakia: $88.5 million (reversing a -$7.2 million deficit)
  5. Vietnam: $43.6 million (reversing a -$247,000 deficit)
  6. Netherlands: $11.2 million (down -96.7%)
  7. Latvia: $200,000 (reversing a -$1.4 million deficit)
  8. Serbia: $84,000 (reversing a -$131,000 deficit)
  9. US Minor Outlying Islands: $48,000 (reversing a -$56,000 deficit)
  10. Palestine: $26,000 (no 2014 data)
  11. Burkina Faso: $2,000 (no 2014 data)

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 2018 excluding those that require user payment. 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$4.4 billion (net export deficit up 35.8% since 2014)
  2. France: -$1 billion (up 39.6%)
  3. Germany: -$837.8 million (up 41.5%)
  4. United Kingdom: -$792.1 million (down -20.3%)
  5. Canada: -$500.8 million (down -12.5%)
  6. Mexico: -$355.7 million (up 3.3%)
  7. Australia: -$325.6 million (down -16.5%)
  8. Italy: -$304.2 million (up 9.6%)
  9. United Arab Emirates: -$287.3 million (up 964.2%)
  10. Poland: -$222.5 million (up 211%)
  11. Spain: -$207.3 million (down -25.9%)
  12. Paraguay: -$187.4 million (down -17.1%)
  13. Taiwan: -$169.5 million (up 302.1%)
  14. Russia: -$147.2 million (down -27.7%)
  15. Switzerland: -$125.5 million (down -1.7%)

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 in 2018

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RankExporterVideo Games Exports (US$)%World Total
1.China$11 billion45.2%
2.Netherlands$2.4 billion9.7%
3.Japan$2.3 billion9.4%
4.Hong Kong$2.1 billion8.4%
5.Poland$1.5 billion6.1%
6.Germany$1.4 billion5.8%
7.United States$1.1 billion4.5%
8.Spain$778.7 million3.2%
9.United Kingdom$329.9 million1.3%
10.Slovakia$178.7 million0.7%
11.Sweden$162 million0.7%
12.Denmark$150.3 million0.6%
13.Mexico$144.7 million0.6%
14.Singapore$113.8 million0.5%
15.Canada$111.3 million0.5%
16.France$109.2 million0.4%
17.Belgium$98.9 million0.4%
18.Czech Republic$97.9 million0.4%
19.Australia$55 million0.2%
20.Vietnam$54.2 million0.2%
21.Italy$46.9 million0.2%
22.Lithuania$36.6 million0.1%
23.Austria$26.8 million0.1%
24.Taiwan$17.3 million0.1%
25.Russia$17.2 million0.1%
26.Croatia$16.4 million0.1%
27.Slovenia$14.6 million0.1%
28.Bulgaria$14 million0.1%
29.Ireland$13.5 million0.1%
30.Greece$13.4 million0.1%
31.Finland$11.8 million0.05%
32.Malaysia$11.5 million0.05%
33.Hungary$9.8 million0.04%
34.Romania$6.5 million0.03%
35.United Arab Emirates$5.9 million0.02%
36.Latvia$4.8 million0.02%
37.Israel$3.8 million0.02%
38.Norway$2.9 million0.01%
39.South Africa$2.9 million0.01%
40.New Zealand$2.5 million0.01%
41.Portugal$2.3 million0.01%
42.Switzerland$2.2 million0.01%
43.Estonia$2.1 million0.01%
44.Luxembourg$2 million0.01%
45.Serbia$1.8 million0.01%
46.South Korea$1.8 million0.01%
47.Ukraine$1.5 million0.01%
48.Belarus$1.2 million0.005%
49.Turkey$910,0000.004%
50.India$649,0000.003%
51.Saudi Arabia$642,0000.003%
52.Brazil$595,0000.002%
53.Chile$500,0000.002%
54.Panama$445,0000.002%
55.Sri Lanka$205,0000.001%
56.Peru$192,0000.001%
57.Belize$163,0000.001%
58.Andorra$156,0000.001%
59.Philippines$151,0000.001%
60.Macao$137,0000.001%
61.Colombia$108,0000.0004%
62.Guatemala$88,0000.0004%
63.Indonesia$75,0000.0003%
64.Thailand$69,0000.0003%
65.North Macedonia$63,0000.0003%
66.Kazakhstan$55,0000.0002%
67.US Minor Outlying Is$48,0000.0002%
68.Bosnia/Herzegovina$32,0000.0001%
69.Palestine$30,0000.0001%
70.Venezuela$29,0000.0001%
71.Armenia$20,0000.0001%
72.Mauritius$19,0000.0001%
73.Lebanon$18,0000.0001%
74.Costa Rica$18,0000.0001%
75.Ivory Coast$12,0000.00005%
76.Montenegro$12,0000.00005%
77.El Salvador$10,0000.00004%
78.Bahamas$9,0000.00004%
79.Albania$8,0000.00003%
80.Jamaica$7,0000.00003%
81.Uruguay$7,0000.00003%
82.Haiti$5,0000.00002%
83.Dominican Republic$5,0000.00002%
84.Namibia$5,0000.00002%
85.Tunisia$5,0000.00002%
86.Senegal$3,0000.00001%
87.Malta$3,0000.00001%
88.Ecuador$3,0000.00001%
89.Georgia$2,0000.00001%
90.Botswana$2,0000.00001%
91.Afghanistan$2,0000.00001%
92.Nicaragua$2,0000.00001%
93.Qatar$2,0000.00001%
94.Tanzania$2,0000.00001%
95.Burkina Faso$2,0000.00001%
96.Seychelles$1,0000.000004%
97.Mozambique$1,0000.000004%
98.Angola$1,0000.000004%
99.Brunei Darussalam$1,0000.000004%
100.Cuba$1,0000.000004%
101.Cyprus$1,0000.000004%
102.Benin$1,0000.000004%
103.Myanmar (Burma)$1,0000.000004%
104.Guinea$1,0000.000004%
105.Ghana$1,0000.000004%
106.Ethiopia$1,0000.000004%
107.Kenya$1,0000.000004%

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