Skat, a traditional German card game that originated back in the early 19th century, was and still is a popular game in the country. From here, it is unsurprising that German companies were some of the first to develop and release video games. In fact, their game industry started with the development of “Weltmeister” in 1982.
However, it wasn’t until the early 2000s that the industry started to take off. One of the main reasons for this is that the internet has become more widely available in German households. With this came a whole new wave of video games that could be played online.
Since then, the industry has been on an upwards trend and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In 2021, the German game market saw approximately 9.8 billion euros in revenues. It grew by 17% from 2020, and it is expected to keep growing in the years to come.
Germany had 34.3 computer game players in 2020. By 2021, 50% of Germans played computer and video games, with 16% of video gamers aged 10 to 19 years. About 403 video game companies in Germany publish and develop games, giving the world iconic German-made video games like Anno 1800 and This War of Mine.
Yes, Germany is one of your top choices if you are aiming to enter the European gaming market. But as with any other foreign market, success is not guaranteed without proper game localization. If you want to sell your games in Germany, you need localization. The German market is very different from others, and your chances of success are slim without localization.