Sunday, January 3, 2010

Video Game Sales Higher Than Movies Sales in the U.K.

uk video game salesIn the U.K. video game sales have been much higher than movie sales. Now when they say movie sales this includes both trips to the movie theater and DVD sales. I think its pretty incredible that game sales could outweigh the profits from both theaters and DVDs.

According to the data-monitoring company GFK Chart-Track, 1.73 billion British pounds (about $2.8 billion) were spent on video games. The U.K. Film Council stated that 1 billion British pounds ($1.6 billion) were spent at the British box office, while 198 million British pounds ($320 million) was spent on new films released on DVD and Blu-ray. This comes to a total of 1.198 billion pounds ($1.93 billion) on movie sales. All of this means that approximately 532 million more pounds ($860 million) were spent on video games than on film in 2009.

Now these numbers are nothing compared to the 2009 U.S. games sales. It is estimated that sales should come in around $20 million for the year. I mean in November alone over $2.7 billion were spent on games in the U.S.

The price cuts in video game consoles most definitely added to the U.K. video game sales. These cuts expanded the number of potential buyers who had previously been unwilling to put out the money for a game system. The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 game that came out this fall also added greatly to the sales. reported that Modern Warfare 2 was their No. 1 seller for 2009. They even beat out the DVD sales for “Twilight” and “Harry Potter.”

The GFK Chart-Track company also found that the number of game consoles in Britain almost doubled in 2009. It went up to 25 million, which means that there are enough to have one console in every nine out of ten households.

So video game sales show that gaming seems to be the dominant form of entertainment in 2009. We’ll have to see if this pattern carries on into the new year.

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