The Best-Selling Board Games in History

Since the coronavirus pandemic hit in 2020, the sales of board games have certainly seen big increases. In fact, in 2020 alone, the board game market grew by 20%, and by the end of 2023, it’s expected that sales from board games will hit the $12 billion mark. From the team at comes this new infographic that looks at the best-selling board games of all time, ranking them.

Aside from ranking them, this infographic features a lot of really great info, including when each game was first introduced, how many players each game can have, and how many units each of these games has sold over time. According to their research, it was found that Chess is the best-selling board game of all time. First introduced in the year 1200, this two-player game has sold more than three million units annually in the United States alone, although the actual total number of units sold since it was first introduced is actually unknown.

Other top-selling board games include Checkers, Monopoly, Scrabble, Clue, Battleship, Trivial Pursuit, Backgammon, Candy Land, and Rummikub to round out the top ten best-sellers. Perhaps one of the oldest games ever would be second-ranked Checkers, which was introduced around the year 3000 B.C.E. and is a two player game. It’s estimated that since Checkers was introduced thousands of years ago, that more than 50 billion units have been sold during that time.

Monopoly is another popular board game that’s quite high up on the ranking. This board game, which has sold more than 275 million units since first being introduced in the yar 1935, can involve anywhere from two to eight players in any game, and is an instant classic. Of the twenty board games that are featured on this infographic from the team at, how many of them have you actually played before?

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