When you think of the biggest gaming countries, what do you think of? Obviously, America has taken control of the video game world thanks to its imperial corporate takeover of the industry, but who comes after that? Well the French believe you should give their country a bit of respect.
The French government has released the figures of its video game industry in an attempt to indicate just how influential it has become in the video game industry. Obviously, Ubisoft has become one of the biggest players in the gaming world, but it also claims that other small studios such as Dishonored developer Arkane Studios and Beyond: Two Souls developer Quantic Dream have made it the second most important producer of video games.
The report fails to mention Capcom and Dontnod’s Remember Me though. Must have forgotten.
According to the report, there are more than 31 million gamers in France, more than any other country in the European Union, nearly one half of the country. It also claims that at least eight out of ten of the population has played a video game at this point.
Why do you think? France as the second most important country in the video game world? I’m going to state the obvious that it doesn’t even come close to Japan, but considering how hard video game publishers have tried to white-wash the industry of its Asian roots, I don’t see this claim as unsurprising. But when you have Square Enix, Bandai Namco, and Nintendo still operating on all fronts and Japan’s undeniable control over the handheld market, the claim doesn’t exactly hold much water.
Plus, what country are most of those Ubisoft games even developed in? France? Nope, a vast majority of its biggest hits, like Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed, it’s largest franchise, are not developed in France, but rather up north of the border in Canada. Ubisoft Montreal is undeniably the company’s bread and butter.
Canada also produces many of Square Enix’s Western games, like Deus Ex and Thief, and if we want to talk about Canada, let’s not forget one of the West’s absolutely best developers, BioWare, which is scattered in every corner of the world’s second largest country making hits like Star Wars: The Old Republic, Mass Effect, and Dragon Age.
So yeah, France can claim to be the second most important video game country in the world, but as long as Japan is making Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita consoles and software hits and Canada continues doing most of the grunt work churning out most of the biggest AAA games, I think it might need to double check its logic.