To celebrate a great year of games, we wanted to look back at 2017 to see what everyone was buying, what gamers added to their want list and how the community played games across the world. We also wanted to discover what the top news of the year was and what everyone was talking about on our social media channels. So, we decided to create this beautiful INFOGRAPHIC to sum up the year and also, put together this post to give you more insights into the numbers - our view on it (please leave your views in the comments below the post)
Join us on a journey through video games in 2017 by clicking through the post.
Here's all the insights we discovered from 2017:
- Top 10 Bestselling Games on Green Man Gaming
- PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS Playtime per Owner
- Most Bought 2018 Releases in 2017
- Most Wanted Games in 2017
- Top Community Playtime in 2017
- Who Played the Most in 2017? (By country)
- Most Popular Games Played in 2017 (By country)
- Best Reviewed Games on Green Man Gaming
- Top 10 New Stories of 2017
- Most Reacted to posts on Green Man Gaming's Social Media Channels
Here's a summary of the insights in our infographic (click it to make it bigger):
All the information was captured from Green Man Gaming's store data from millions of customers as well as the community platform. Store data included multi-platform games including Steam, PSN, Nintendo, Rockstar Social Club, Uplay, Battle.net, Origin and lots more.
Hope you like our 2017 Year in Review, do leave your comments below.
Top 10 Bestselling Games in 2017
If there was one game that sums up 2017, it would be PUBG. The biggest Battle Royale game smashed aside all opposition in its climb to the top. Rocket League spent another year smashing sales records to become the best selling rocket powered car-football game of all time. There’s life outside PUBG though, as despite being an older game, H1Z1 still powers to the 3rd place in our 2017 bestsellers list, showing that the Bluehole monster hasn’t eaten all opposition.
1. PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
2. Rocket League
5. Destiny 2
6. Grand Theft Auto V
7. 7 Days to Die
9. Conan Exiles
PLAYERUNKOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS Playtime per Owner
In our community, owners of PUBG played it for an average of 86 hours each. This is just the average number so we won’t be surprised if the number was even higher for some individuals that really, really love the game. One thing to note is that PUBG players were also busy playing CS:GO for 77 hours, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege for 53 hours and Rocket League for 39 hours. Who knows how they found the time to eat and sleep as this was just the top three other games – they played a lot more!
Most Bought 2018 Releases in 2017
This is a list of the top 5 pre-purchased releases that our customers bought in 2017.
What we know is that everyone really wanted Far Cry 5 in 2017 so went ahead and pre-purchased it. It’s no surprise seeing that it’s shaping up to be the biggest game of the year! The long-running, critically-acclaimed series Monster Hunter World has a passionate fan base that have been waiting for this new instalment on Playstation for quite a while and the return of the SNES with the mini, is driving nostalgia with increasing interest in games such as Secret of Mana. Civ VI Rise and Fall Expansion tops the list as it has always been a game that appeals to traditional PC gamers.
1. Sid Meier's Civilization VI - Rise & Fall Expansion Pass (PC)
2. Far Cry 5 (PC)
3. Monster Hunter World (PS4)
4. Secret of Mana (PC)
5. Lost Sphear (PC)
Most Wanted Games in 2017
Many of our customers click the 'Want it' button when they really want to get a game. So, we took a collective look at their most wanted games of 2017.
If there’s one thing you can say about a Green Man Gaming customer, it is that they know what they want. And what do they want? They want PUBG! Everyone wanted PUBG in 2017, but most gamers also added all the big games to their want list including Destiny 2, Battlefront II, Shadow of War, Prey, and Mass Effect Andromeda. Looks like there was a lot of love for the big AAA titles in 2017.
1. PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
2. Destiny 2
3. Mass Effect Andromeda
4. NieR Automata
5. Assassin's Creed Origins
6. Star Wars Battlefront II
7. Middle-Earth: Shadow of War
9. Nioh Complete Edition
10. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands
Green Man Gaming’s Community Total Playtime in 2017
We've got a thriving community on Green Man Gaming and what we wanted to know was how much did they really play last year?
Well, our community DOUBLED the amount of time they spent playing games in 2017 (2016 playtime was 400 million hours), showing that PC gaming is definitely getting more popular amongst gamers. PC gamers are also playing more games than ever - our community played over 23,000 games last year. This just shows how diverse the community are and how we like to mix it up now and then. Can't wait to see how many more games we play in 2018!
Who Played Games the Most in 2017? (By country)
We wanted to find out which country spent the most time playing games in 2017 and boy did one country in particular play A LOT of games in 2017.
US were far ahead with over 185 million hours of playtime in 2017 with the UK in second place at 42 million hours - both countries played a heck load of PC games. But in a surprise third place we had Brazil with over 21 million hours of playtime! This confirms what we know about the South American market, and everyone should pay attention. Brazil baby, it’s where the next generation of PC gamers are being made!
Most popular games played in 2017 by country
CS:GO, PUBG, and Rocket League are three of the biggest games on the planet right now, so it’s no surprise to see them ruling the roost across the globe. There’s some surprises though! Payday 2 hits into the top 3 in both Brazil and Germany, and we see Wallpaper Engine popping up in South Korea and China. What is Wallpaper Engine? It’s a tool for making your desktop look good and for animating your own pictures for your backgrounds, and it seems incredibly popular in Asia!
Best Reviewed Games on Green Man Gaming
Our data team looked through all the reviews on our store and community and found the top 3 best reviewed games of 2017.
Every game on the list is amazing, and you know it, which is why you’ve rated them so incredibly highly on Green Man Gaming. PUBG and Rocket League are immense phenomena that of course deserve your praise and Skyrim continues to be one of the most highly praised Elder Scrolls games.
Top Green Man Gaming Newsroom stories of 2017
Green Man Gaming's Newsroom had quite a few big hitters in 2017 but there were two names that got everyone talking: JLo and Pewdiepie.
Don’t be jealous of the e-sports that she got, she’s still Jenny from the block. At least she’s now Jenny from the e-sports team anyway. Who knew that 2017’s biggest gaming news story would be about J-Lo? Pewdiepie was our other big draw, with two articles about his...behaviour...filling out the top 3 for 2017.
Most Popular Social Media Posts of 2017
We went through all our top social media posts of 2017 and found the ones you loved the most.
Everyone loves a free thing, and we gave away a LOT of free things in 2017. Our biggest giveaway occurred during our Summer Sale where one lucky winner won a huge bundle of games, 24 big games to be exact. On Facebook everyone was super excited for Mass Effect Andromeda, and when we got keys for the game our followers went wild! Meanwhile Instagram had a beautiful picture that everyone liked, it turns out everyone loves our CEO Paul’s face, and why not? It is a lovely face!