Most Popular Video Game by US State 2024

Gaming isn’t just a pastime for many Americans; it’s a full-fledged passion. Gamers are united by their shared enthusiasm for these virtual adventures, but the burning question remains: which video games reign supreme across the nation in 2024?

Here at, we analyzed more than 1,700 video game searches on Google to determine the most popular game in every state. Here’s what we found out:

  • Minecraft stands as the most popular game in 15 states, including Florida, Georgia, and the Dakotas.
  • The Last of Us continues to captivate gamers in 10 states like New York, Colorado, and Illinois. Potentially fueled by the popularity of the new TV show.
  • Hogwarts Legacy was the most popular with gamers in five states
  • Some states have unique gaming favorites, such as Star Wars Jedi: Survivor in Mississippi, Elden Ring in Vermont, and Diablo IV in Ohio.

The Most Popular Video Game in Every State

StateVideo Game
AlabamaWWE 2K22
ArizonaHogwarts Legacy
CaliforniaThe Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
ColoradoThe Last of Us
ConnecticutThe Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
DelawareDiablo IV
HawaiiThe Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
IllinoisThe Last of Us
IndianaDiablo IV
KentuckyThe Last of Us
LouisianaThe Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
MaineThe Last of Us
MarylandStar Wars Jedi: Survivor
MassachusettsResident Evil 4 (2023)
MichiganHogwarts Legacy
MinnesotaResident Evil 4 (2023)
MississippiStar Wars Jedi: Survivor
MissouriThe Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
MontanaHogwarts Legacy
NebraskaHogwarts Legacy
NevadaDiablo IV
New HampshireThe Last of Us
New JerseyDiablo IV
New MexicoMinecraft
New YorkThe Last of Us
North CarolinaElden Ring
North DakotaMinecraft
OhioDiablo IV
OklahomaThe Last of Us
PennsylvaniaThe Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
Rhode IslandStar Wars Jedi: Survivor
South CarolinaMinecraft
South DakotaMinecraft
TennesseeThe Last of Us
TexasThe Last of Us
VermontElden Ring
VirginiaThe Last of Us
WashingtonHogwarts Legacy
West VirginiaMinecraft
WyomingElden Ring

Most Popular New Video Games

While some gamers revel in mastering their all-time favorites, a staggering 57% of players prefer the thrill of exploring new horizons. In a survey of over 1,000 gamers, we discovered that the allure of fresh gaming experiences is undeniable. It’s no wonder that The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom tops the list of 2024’s most beloved new games, closely followed by Diablo IV and the captivating Hogwarts Legacy.

However, the pursuit of these new adventures comes at a price, with gamers collectively shelling out an average of $146 on video games in 2024. A growing 79% believe that the cost of gaming is spiraling out of control, pushing some to resort to less savory means, as nearly 1 in 3 (29%) have admitted to illegal game downloads.


Our quest to unveil America’s gaming preferences involved an exhaustive analysis of Google search data encompassing 1,752 video game-related terms, spanning the period from April 2020 to January 2024. To add depth to our findings, we surveyed 1,006 self-identified gamers who dabble in handheld console games, esports, and virtual reality games. The respondents spanned ages from 18 to 60, with an average age of 35, and were comprised of 50% men, 48% women, and 2% non-binary individuals.

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