UK video game software sales declined last year for the first time since 2012.
Combined physical and digital software sales fell 3.4% to £3.77 billion in 2019, according to data released on Friday by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA).
Physical game sales dropped 21.7% £602.5 million, while digital sales increased 1.1% to £3.17 billion.
However, games remain the UK’s biggest entertainment sector, bringing in almost as much as the combined national spend on video (£2.38 billion) and music (£1.32 billion) last year.
“Since 2010, the combined music, video and games markets have grown by a third thanks primarily to the innovation and investment of digital services and retailers,” said ERA CEO Kim Bayley. “The stand-out performer, however, is clearly games – up an incredible 76.2% over the past 10 years.”
While digital title information isn’t currently available, FIFA 20 was the best-selling physical game of 2019, moving over 1.5 million units.
Best-selling boxed console games 2019
Grand Theft Auto V was the UK’s best-selling title in terms of unit sales in the first half of 2019.
Best-selling boxed console games 2010s
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Call of Duty: Black Ops
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
- FIFA 14
- FIFA 13
- FIFA 15
- Call of Duty: Black Ops II
- FIFA 11
- FIFA 12