The gaming industry is a multi-billion-dollar market, growing year-on-year, with millions of monthly competitors streaming and playing online. With the launch of the next-generation consoles and a year of lockdown, online gaming grew massively, seeing a 39% increase. But, while hundreds of games are released every year, have you ever wondered which are the most popular in each US state?
By analyzing Google search volume and keywords data, a new report from TopUsCasinos.com has revealed the most loved games across all US states. The report highlights both the most popular games over the last 12 months and the most loved franchises over the last decade.
The Most Popular Games This Year
Taking the top spot for most popular game in the last year is the long-running PC game Roblox. Having millions of daily active users, the number one ranked game topped the charts in 20 US states, including Florida and California.
Lockdown crazes took over in the pandemic, with Among Us taking the gaming scene by storm. Released in 2018, the cross-platform game ranked second in the US, having 15 states name it their most popular video game. Minecraft, played by millions worldwide every month, secured third place and was favored by 11 states.
The Most Popular Franchises This Decade
With regular reboots and relaunches, it’s no surprise that the 30-year-old hedgehog, Sonic, is the number one ranked franchise in the last decade – rated the most loved across nine states. Joining Sonic in the number one spot is Madden NFL. Launched in 1988, and also featuring in nine states, Madden NFL is by far the most popular sports game. Other loved franchises which made the list were Mario, Metal Gear and Tony Hawk’s.
The 30 most popular games included the 2018 and 2019 winner of the Best Ongoing Game, Fortnite, as well as various recent releases and ongoing games such as Apex Legends, Call of Duty Warzone, GTA V, and FIFA.
Below is a list of each state’s most popular game and franchise of the last year and decade, respectively:
|State||Most Popular Game (Year)||Most Popular Franchise (Decade)|
|Alabama||Roblox||Sonic the Hedgehog|
|Arizona||Among Us||Metal Gear|
|Delaware||Among Us||Madden NFL|
|District of Columbia||Among Us||Madden NFL|
|Florida||Roblox||Sonic the Hedgehog|
|Georgia||Roblox||Sonic the Hedgehog|
|Hawaii||Genshin Impact||Metal Gear|
|Kansas||Genshin Impact||Call of Duty|
|Maryland||Among Us||Sonic the Hedgehog|
|Massachusetts||Among Us||Tony Hawk’s|
|Mississippi||Minecraft||Sonic the Hedgehog|
|Missouri||Roblox||Call of Duty|
|Montana||Among Us||Sonic the Hedgehog|
|New Hampshire||Minecraft||Tony Hawk’s|
|New Jersey||Among Us||Mario|
|New Mexico||Minecraft||God of War|
|New York||Genshin Impact||Metal Gear|
|North Carolina||Among Us||Sonic the Hedgehog|
|North Dakota||Among Us||Call of Duty|
|Ohio||Among Us||Madden NFL|
|Oklahoma||Genshin Impact||God of War|
|Rhode Island||Among Us||Mario|
|South Carolina||Roblox||Sonic the Hedgehog|
|South Dakota||Among Us||Madden NFL|
|Tennessee||Roblox||God of War|
|Texas||Roblox||Sonic the Hedgehog|
|Virginia||Among Us||God of War|
|Washington||Among Us||Call of Duty|
|West Virginia||Minecraft||Metal Gear|
Further information can be found on site here: https://www.topuscasinos.com/news/the-most-popular-video-games-broken-down-by-state