UK GAMING MARKET HIT RECORD £7BN IN 2020
Players pushed the sector’s value up 29.9 per cent compared to 2019 with increases across both digital and physical sales, according to a report by gaming industry body Ukie.
Digital sales took the lion’s share totalling £3.90 billion, with digital console revenues rising 24.2 per cent, mobile games up by 21.3 per cent and digital PC adding 14.8 per cent.
Despite store closures as the UK went in and out of lockdown, traditional boxed game titles also climbed by 7.1 per cent to £646 million, but pre-owned game-buying took a hit, diving 22.8 per cent compared to the year before.
Gaming hardware raked in £2.26 billion, thanks partly to new launches of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, with console hardware alone making up £853 million of that figure, up 74.8 per cent.