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Games overtake video to become the UK’s biggest entertainment sector

Published: 13:56, 08 January 2021
Updated: 13:59, 08 January 2021
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Gaming industry exceeds £4bn for the first time in the UK

The video games industry overtook video to become the Uk's biggest entertainment sector as long ago as 2013 when sales reached £2.3bn. In 2020, revenues exceeded £4.2bn.

Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) have released a report regarding entertainment industry growth during the lockdown in the United Kingdom (UK). In the report, ERA reveal some interesting facts about the gaming industry as well. 

According to the report, the gaming market has overtaken the video to become the UK's biggest entertainment sector since 2013, when the sales reached £2.3bn. The report also states that the gaming industry revenue reached £4.2bn, a leap of 14.5 per cent on 2019, and the first time it has breached the £4bn threshold. 

The digital games business seen the biggest rise - by 16.3 per cent to £3.6bn. This includes the direct purchase of digital games, subscriptions, downloadable content. The digital games business was worth more than the entire video market and twice as much as the music market.

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The best selling game of 2020, according to the data was FIFA 21 with more than 2 million sales. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Grand Theft Auto V are following closely in second and third, respectively. Here's the full top ten list:

  1. FIFA 21 - 2,182,694
  2. Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War - 1,420,353
  3. Grand Theft Auto V - 1,127,222
  4. FIFA 20 - 903,810
  5. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare - 897,350
  6. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (physical only) - 810,462
  7. Assassin's Creed Valhalla - 665,815
  8. The Last Of Us Part II - 539,247
  9. NBA 2K20 - 481,507
  10. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege - 436,957

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You can check out the full report on ERA's website .


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