The Most Popular Video Games in Italy

The gaming industry has increased significantly and since its existence, 2020 was the most successful year in its history. With multiple trends that are coming together to drive the rise, video games have reached every corner of the globe including Italy. In fact, the Italian players spent $2 billion in 2018 making this country the 10th largest video games market in the world. 

Still, according to the survey, 56% of men and 53% of women play mobile games whereas 41% of men and 30% of women play console games. This means that this country has a high number of gamers and the gap between the two genders in the Italian games market is narrow. What are then the most played video games there that have seduced the Italian players?

FIFA 21 Next-Gen


Since its creation in 1993, FIFA has been always ranked among the best-selling games. This series of association football simulation video games is gaining a huge fan database not only because of football’s popularity but also the growth of sports betting in Italy. 

As a matter of fact, sports betting has also become the favourite entertaining activity for the Italians. Since this is released annually, FIFA 20 is the most played sports game series in the first six months of the year that has appealed to broader audiences.

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Call of Duty

With the most recent title, ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’ released on November 13, 2020, Call of Duty has become a phenomenon in Europe including Italy. 

In addition to that, the two new chapters “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered” and “Call of Duty: Warzone” still published in 2020 promise an unforgettable adventure and thriller as well. Call of duty is, actually, the most famous first-person shooter series that has constantly seduced avid players.

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Released in 2013, Grand Theft Auto V is a 2013 action-adventure game that has still remained well-played among Italian gamers. This game is the first main entry in the Grand Theft Auto series since Grand Theft Auto IV of 2008. 

In this game, the players will emerge in the car thefts and other crimes lifestyle in which they are asked to control an outlaw and manage his organized crime. In GTA 5, Italian players can try gambling games including non AAMS slot machine and play it from either a third-person or first-person perspective making it more and more attractive.

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It comes as no surprise to find Minecraft among the most well-known video games in Italy which is one of the best-selling video games there. After several test versions, this game was launched in November 2011 as the first version. 

The game won multiple awards and was pointed to be one of the best video games of all time. A study conducted by Airnow investigated that Minecraft is the most downloaded game among Italian players from June 2019 to June 2020.

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Another title that has become a well-played game in Italy is the F1 2020. This official video game of the 2020 Formula 1 and Formula 2 Championships is the thirteenth title in the Formula 1 series. 

Since its release in July 2020, F1 2020 has become the best selling games not only in Italy but also across Europe. Similar to F1 2019, the players are able to choose among three options such as to do a half or a full Formula 2 season or only do three races.

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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a new version of the Dragon Ball Z series with some new added exciting and lucrative features. The game is divided into four story arcs with the first chapter as the Saiyan Saga, followed by the Namek Saga, the Android Saga, and the Buu Saga. 

The gamers fall in love with this game because it immerses them in the popular cartoons Dragon Ball Z in which they are able to reproduce the scenarios and the characters in a different way. The game reached the top of Italy’s sales charts.

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