UK gaming sales challenge spending squeeze

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The UK games marketplace defied a consumer spending fist to strike a record £5bn final year, attention total show.

Trade physique UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie) credited a 12.4% expansion from 2016 to “an ever expanding audience”.

Game program accounted for a infancy of sales, with online and digital games a many popular.

Non-digital boxed games also saw a warn tiny arise in sales, driven by a recognition of titles such as Fifa 18, Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto.

The expansion in gaming sales came notwithstanding a fact that salary have been rising during a slower gait than acceleration – and shoppers have reduction disposable income to spend in stores.

Console sales were adult by roughly a third on a prior year.

Dorian Bloch, comparison customer discernment executive for entertainment, during marketplace investigate organisation GfK, pronounced a Nintendo Switch, Sony’s PS4 Pro and Microsoft’s Xbox One X, had helped expostulate a clever opening in a sector.

“It is transparent that a console gaming marketplace is now enjoying a renaissance,” he added.

The success of new diversion sales meant there was reduction success for used diversion sales, that fell only over 15% final year.

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Best-selling box games in a UK in 2017

•1 FIFA 18 – Electronic Arts

•2 Call Of Duty: WWII – Activision Blizzard

•3 Grand Theft Auto V – Rockstar/Take 2

•4 Assassin’s Creed Origins – Ubisoft

•5 Star Wars Battlefront II – Electronic Arts

•6 Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy – Activision Blizzard

•7 Destiny 2 – Activision Blizzard

•8 Gran Turismo: Sport – Sony Computer Ent.

•9 Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands – Ubisoft

•10 Horizon Zero Dawn – Sony Computer Entertainment

Dr Jo Twist, arch executive of Ukie, pronounced a expansion showed that UK consumers had “a clever appetite” for gaming.

“New hardware such as a Switch have driven sell sales, practical existence hardware looks healthy and digital games opposite all platforms continue to grow,” she added.