The ESA Lists the Best-Selling Games & Genres of 2016 in the US

April 19, 2017Written by Jason Dunning


In their Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry report, the Entertainment Software Association has revealed the top 20 best-selling games of 2016 (by units sold) in the United States.

Citing data from The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service/Digital Games Tracking Service, here’s The ESA’s full list:

  1. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  2. Battlefield 1
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Madden NFL 17
  5. NBA 2K17
  6. The Division
  7. Overwatch
  8. Minecraft
  9. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  10. FIFA 17
  11. Pokemon Sun
  12. Pokemon Moon
  13. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  14. Star Wars Battlefront
  15. Final Fantasy XV
  16. Titanfall 2
  17. NBA 2K16
  18. Rainbow Six Siege
  19. Far Cry Primal
  20. Dark Souls 3

The NPD released their top 10 best-selling games of 2016 in the US list in January, and it also saw Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare in 1st and Battlefield 1 in 2nd. After that though, the NPD and ESA lists vary.

The ESA’s report also says the best-selling video game genre of 2016 (by units sold) was Shooter, with a 27.5% market share. Action was next at 22.5%, with RPG at 12.9%, Sports at 11.7%, Adventure at 7.8%, Fighting at 5.8%, Strategy at 4.3%, all others at 4.1%, and Racing at 3.3%.

Other stats from the report show that the most important factor influencing decisions to purchase video games is quality of the graphics (price is 2nd, interesting story/premise is 3rd, and online gameplay capability is 4th), the average gamer is 35 years old, and 48% of US households own a dedicated game console. Their survey gathered data from more than 4,000 American households.

[Source: The ESA via Rich Taylor, NeoGAF]