Sports video games

Madden NFL cinematic screenshot. Photo: EA Sports

What are the most popular sports video games?

Research conducted by sports gaming experts analyzed Google searches related to the games to establish the most popular sports titles.

Sports video games

Madden NFL cinematic screenshot. Photo: EA Sports

The most popular sports video games were determined by research done by professionals in the field of sports gaming, by examining Google searches and search phrases associated with the games.

Even though their data sample is from North America, it still offers us a good idea of the overall market.

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New research by sports gaming experts OHgamblers has revealed that NBA 2K is the most popular sports video game in America. 

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Sports video games
NBA 2k23 season launch art. Photo: 2K Games

The data has revealed that NBA 2k has become the most popular sports video game in America, as it has been the most searched game in 31 states in the last 12 months. The game is most searched in Massachusetts, California and New York.

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Its popularity has soared in recent years, attracting millions of gamers worldwide who want to experience the thrill of virtual basketball.

The game has also evolved, offering advanced features such as realistic graphics, enhanced gameplay mechanics, and the ability to create custom players and teams. These aspects have made it even more appealing to sports enthusiasts and gamers alike.

With its immense success and loyal fan base, NBA 2K remains at the forefront of video gaming. It is the only video game on this list not produced by popular game developers Electronic Arts and it places first. 

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Madden NFL (EA Sports)

Madden NFL is another popular sports video game in America, and it takes the second spot in terms of popularity. According to the data, the game has come first in searches for 20 states and second in 23 states. It is the most popular in Delaware, Ohio and Maryland.

It has a massive following, with millions of fans worldwide eager to experience the excitement of virtual football. The game’s developers have continuously improved the gameplay mechanics, offering realistic features such as player stats, team management, and authentic stadiums.

Moreover, Madden NFL has become popular among e-sports enthusiasts, with many competitive tournaments held annually. The game’s ability to offer a realistic NFL experience has made it a top choice for casual and hardcore gamers. As such, Madden NFL remains one of America’s most beloved sports video games.

While Madden has its critics, it has no significant competition.


FIFA is a well-known sports video game globally and has a significant fan base in America.

It is positioned as the third most popular sports game in the US, with the third highest search volume in 33 states.

In seven states, it ranks as the second most searched sport title, including in Illinois, New Jersey and Oregon. giving tough competition to Madden NFL. Although it doesn’t hold the top spot, FIFA has a loyal following and numerous features that attract gamers who enjoy soccer.

You can either choose already established European or American soccer clubs or you can build your own ultimate team.

EA Sports have not renewed the FIFA license and have moved on to producing a football series under a new title.

MLB The Show

Major League Baseball (MLB) The Show has garnered significant popularity in the world of sports video games.

According to the data, it currently holds the position of the fourth most popular game in America in the category. This ranking is based on the game’s search volume, which is the fourth highest in 37 states across the country. In addition to this, it is the third most searched sport title in ten states.

These numbers highlight the widespread popularity and demand for the MLB The Show game among gamers and sports enthusiasts in the United States.

This is a fun game to dip into even if you don’t know much about baseball with the latest edition available to Game Pass subscribers on Xbox.


NHL is the fifth most popular sports video game in America. It is the fourth most popular in 24 states; it was pushed very close by the golfing game ‘PGA Tour’ which was fourth most popular in 21 states.

The game allows players to take on the role of their favorite NHL team or player, immersing them in a virtual world of ice hockey. Its realistic graphics and accurate depiction of NHL teams and players have made it a go-to choice for hockey fans looking for a virtual gaming experience. With its growing popularity, NHL has established itself as a top contender in the world of sports video games in America.

Commenting on the findings, a spokesperson for OHgamblers said: “Sports are amongst the most popular genres for video games in America, and this study highlights the most popular sports video games in the country. It’s interesting to see that despite football being the most popular sport in America, for gamers the most popular sports video game is the NBA 2K. Whilst four of the top five video games on this list are all-American sports, FIFA finishes third on this list, supporting soccer’s growing popularity across the United States, the game has been popularized by famous fans such as streamer ishowspeed.”

The study was conducted by OHgamblers sports statisticians and a trusted gaming source.