Have you ever thought to yourself, “Gee, I wonder who the best country at [insert-game-title-here] is?” If so, a new study may provide you with such answers: video game publisher Kwalee has taken a deep dive and revealed the best gaming countries in the world.

According to its research and study, the company used more than 16,000 titles to determine the best overall gaming countries, using the methodology below for its scoring system:

To reveal where is best at gaming around the world, we used data available from speedrun.com, with the correct standings as of April 2020. The data included 42,032 achievements across a total of 16,709 games. We totaled the amount of first placed achievements scored by each country per capita to gain the overall rankings. For game and genre specific rankings, we filtered the data and conducted the same process, and will look to add more games to our map, in addition to refreshing the findings in the future.

 
Of course, the Nintendo-specific games used in this study were the likes of Mario Kart, Super Mario, Animal Crossing, Ecco the Dolphin, Donkey Kong, and Pokémon.

As for the top-20 most-skilled gaming countries, you can check out the full list below:

1. Finland
2. Canada
3. Sweden
4. New Zealand
5. Australia
6. United States of America
7. Netherlands
8. Scotland
9. Ireland
10. France
11. Germany
12. England
13. Austria
14. Denmark
15. Switzerland
16. Latvia
17. Japan
18. Estonia
19. Norway
20. Belgium 

 
This is the most-skilled overall, but certain countries were top at specific genres of video games. For instance: Japan took home Best at Fighting; United States was the Best at Shooter; Norway was crowned Best at Sports; and Scotland was Best at Racing.

So, how did your home country fare amongst the world? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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Written by Caleb Mina

A father, photographer, and husband, Caleb still finds time to create content about his favorite company Nintendo. You can still catch him riding a Tauros to hatch Shiny Pokémon eggs.

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