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New digital sales estimate shows combined game sales up 10 percent over last year


UK game revenue actually grew by 10 per cent last year, according to a new report by research firm, IHS.

The report estimates that digital game revenue was up 17.1 per cent last year, rising from £1.622bn to £1.899bn and when combine with Chart-Track's 'sold at retail' figure of £927.6m, means that overall game sales for the year were up 10 per cent over last year.


These numbers do factor in mobile and tablet gaming, so with that taken in to account, this means that digital sales were actually double that of retail. We'd love to see the weekly gaming charts account for both retail and digital or at least have a weekly digital gaming chart in addition to the retail one.

What do you think? And is digital the future or do you still love to see that disc on your shelf? We know which we prefer.

Edited On 06 Jan, 2016

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superniceguy 11 months ago
I am preferring digital now, as what with been gaming for about 35 years, I can now no longer keep filling up my home with discs. I will not get rid of my N64 stuff. ShopTo will be fine as long you sell playstation / xbox / Nintendo credit at a decent price, like you were for Xbox between Aug and Dec, but since last month the Xbox credit is now £ for £, so no point buying from ShopTo and just buy straight from the Xbox marketplace, but there are other online retailers that discount the credit still. I did buy 3 PS4 games in Dec through the sales on the PSN marketplace, using wallet top ups from your playstation digital store.
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PHILIP 11 months ago
I do buy digital and I agree it frees up space but I am a hoarder.... I still like to own a disc copy of a game and keep it if I like it. I've got loads of games/consoles in the loft including my Spectrum from 1983 with about 300 games on tapes (about 200 of them on... ahem... TDK c90's) I was only looking at my game cube collection the other day and glad I kept them - even though I probably will only play a handful of them again. I miss the manuals in games when I buy them but I don't know why cause I never really read them... It was just nice having a booklet in the box. The thing I really dont get is why digital games at times are actually ALOT more than buying retail versions ? Surely they should be more cheaper as no production cost for media... and you can't sell them if you don't like it for instance you are stuck with them...
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superniceguy 11 months ago
I think digital costs more because there is a law or something from retail to keep digital sales high. If digital was less than retail, then retail would go out of business. One person went into a GAME store once and asked why their prices are more than online, and GAME rep said "Well, you can have the game now!" Probably the same thinking goes behind digital - you can play that now within a few hours from downloading instead of waiting a day to a week for it to arrive in post. Also with Xbox (maybe PSN?) it can benefit as one purchase can be shared, unlike with disc where you would have to buy a copy each. Plus when sales come around they can actually get cheaper than retail.
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PHILIP 11 months ago
Fair point there.... maybe the next gen of consoles will be digital only ?
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Turniplord 11 months ago
I buy digital a lot more - 3DS wise I only get games digitally now (same with Vita) as it saves having to carry games around with me. My PS4 has tonnes of Digital spanning 5 continents (Gotta love sales in places the GBP is much better off) and it just makes it easier to chose a game - expecially if i'm on remote play away from home

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