Annual UK game sales declined for the first time since 2012
FIFA 20 was the best-selling boxed title of 2019, and GTA V the No.1 physical game of the 2010s
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% to £602.5 million, while digital sales increased 1.1% to £3.17 billion.
The arrival of PS5 and Xbox Series X in 2020 was likely behind the decline, with the last such downturn recorded ahead of the PS4 and Xbox One launches in 2013.
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
- FIFA 20 (1,502,191)
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (1,192,211)
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (465,062)
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (438,465)
- Red Dead Redemption 2 (306,392)
- FIFA 19 (278,417)
- Pokémon Sword (273,991)
- Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (267,285)
- Grand Theft Auto V (247,357 )
- The Division 2 (237,226)
Grand Theft Auto V was the UK’s best-selling title in terms of unit sales in the first half of 2019.
Rockstar‘s game was also the top-selling physical game of the 2010s, according to GfK data published on the BBC.
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