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Who’s buying? UK games retail at all-time low

Friday, 3 August 2012 11:47 GMT By Dave Cook

MCV reports that games retail sunk to an all-time low last week, according to figures released by UKIE and Chart Track.

The data shows that UK games retail made £8.4 million in software sales last week which, according to MCV is the “lowest since records began”.

That said it was a slow week, typical of the summer, pre-xmas slate slump. A total of 394,688 games were sold during the week, while London 2012 entered at number one in the charts.

Is it time for new hardware to spark interest once more, or is digital the way forward? Let us know your thoughts below.

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17 Comments

  1. GrimRita

    If publishers arent releasing, does this really come as a shock? Then everyone rushes for Christmas.

    Even if Next gen was on sale, no one would be buying because, yep – publishers arent releasing much. Its time to end this pointless cycle and offer steady releases all year round.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. friendlydave

    It needs something like New hardware to help it, I try and shop in my Local game store (24/7 games, we used to have a GAME before it closed) but recently I find myself only buying pre owned games for the ps2 and below. Prices of new games are way to high especially compared to online stores like ShopTo (where I live in a neighbouring town to there warehouse so I’ve always had next day delivery with no fail) And my current state with money means I have to almost go for the cheapest option every time.

    Basically Retail stores are Dead, and to not go of topic but currently where I live that is not just exclusive to Game related shops.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. GrimRita

    But thats just it dave – when next gen arrives, I am certain prices will increase. Everyone has to watch their pennies today and probably be more selective in the games they buy and when they buy them.

    One example being the expansion for Shogun 2 Total War. Its £25 on Steam but visit Amazon, you can pick it up for £9.99. Anno 2070 – £35 on Steam/Ubi – £18 Amazon. (Im only a PC gamer btw! lol) andyes these are digital prices – I cant tell you store prices as I dont go in any shop!

    Either way, retail is like flogging a dead horse – the sooner the UK government see that almost everyone is moving online, maybe those retail figures will look brighter.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. AHA-Lambda

    Well I must say I ain’t bought a game since Mass Effect 3 =/

    Rentals just make far more sense to me, but if your game is good enough I’ll buy it; and there has been bugger all this year. I’ve only bought 2 games at retail so far this year.

    Stuff will pick back up again when the fall releases start coming out and hopefully with the next gen, it’s obvious that this 10 year cycle stuff just hasn’t worked.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. GrimRita

    I havent really bought much this year either. So much shit around. Last major purchase was SWTOR and that was a waste of £45.

    Then I pre-purchased GW2 for £65, purchased some indie stuff from Steam and looking forward to a bleak release schedule on the PC :(

    #5 3 years ago
  6. silkvg247

    I mainly buy digital now.. but just recently ended up preordering three physical games, all collector’s editions that I wanted :)

    #6 3 years ago
  7. majicship

    I tend to wait 12-18 months for 360 game prices to drop. I just picked up Rage for £7.99 and Binary Domain for £11.57 new off Amazon. I try to have a rule of thumb that I will wait for a game to be in the sub £20.00 category before I will buy it simply because I don’t have a lot of money to spend on games anymore. I just compared Saints Row 3 with Amazon and XBL and the digital version is £20 more expensive.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Gadzooks!

    I’m buying loads of games, but they are mostly on XBLA. It’s completely overtaken retail for me as variety is better and quality is up to retail standard in many cases. Plus, you are guaranteed a trial version.

    Retail will get a nice big spike soon with new Gears, Halo and Forza.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. VIP0R

    Maybe it’s because there’s less GAME/GameStation stores so impulse spending whilst shopping is lower and because Online sales aren’t counted.
    Most retailers don’t sell PC Games anymore either and that’s becoming a much stronger market as everyone awaits the next console saga.

    The steam sale kept me a little busy, just buying games that I never got to play first time around and still have a backlog from last year.

    It’s just going to be a mix of lack of retail presence and if you combine that with the lack of new releases it all makes more sense, its just the calm before the storm.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Eregol

    It doesn’t help that there’s basically nothing on the horizon worth getting excited about.
    Good for me, as I have loads of games I still need to play. Bad for retail as I wont be splashing cash for a while.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. DrDamn

    Mainly going digital here. Great value to be had from XBLA/PSN titles and getting stacks of value from PS+ too.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. AlchemyFire

    Game started going downhill well over a year ago. Pre-orders would arrive a week after release, this was before they redid their website, which I also think ultimately contributed to their collapse and bailout. Additionally, most of the other online retailers are cheaper than Game

    #12 3 years ago
  13. reask

    I don’t know but I have not bought a game since xmas.
    Maybe its fatigue on my behalf but I just seem unable or unwilling to even finish a game in the last while.

    I admit I am an older gamer in my 40,s but with ps plus I am playing lots of games that I normally wouldn’t for free.
    The so called triple a titles seem to appeal to me less and less and I just stopped playing mp altogether as I have no wish or desire to be as competitive as the younger ones.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. DSB

    How is Gamestop still alive? I don’t get it.

    I see plenty of them here in Denmark, but when I go to the US, it’s extremely common to see two Gamestops covering the same mile of ground. They’re literally everywhere you look.

    Do they have some kind of franchise option where people opt-in and they don’t have to pay any of their expenses? That’s the only way I could explain it, because there’s no way people are going to all those stores at a rate that might produce a profit.

    It’s like they’re scared of making you drive half a mile to find a store.

    Are they laundering money or something?

    #14 3 years ago
  15. OlderGamer

    Its the second hand sales that make gamestop all of their money. I mean not all of course, new still sells, but when you look at the look at the investment cost/profit margins of new vs used.

    That being said over the last few months my local GS store has been almost empty everytime I visit.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. drewbles82

    @7, I do the same, can’t remember the last time I bought a game day one, oh yeah Rock Band 3. I take my time with a game, not one to rush through and depending on my week, I probably go on almost everyday for at least a couple of hrs.
    I use to buy new day one and get through a big chunk of the game, then the next ones out so I buy that and start playing. Before I knew it I had almost 50 odd unfinished games. Stopped buying all together unless DOTW on XBLA. I have a rule now, only buy when its cheap and I’ve at least completed one of my other games. Halo CE 8.99, Fallout NV UE 14.99.

    A lot of games have DLC, just wait for the complete edition, saves you a ton of money and I can buy a lot more games than I used to and all are brand new. Next on my list Batman GOTYE, prob be cheap just before Xmas

    #16 3 years ago
  17. drewbles82

    Minecraft though has taken a massive chunk of my time, on that for hours now.
    Other than XBLA games, I won’t go digital. You see this ultra violet crap they got on blu-ray now where it has to be hooked up to the net to watch your disc. Another company tried something similar a few yrs ago, the company went bust so everyones disc were useless.

    Whats to stop one of these companies you buy all your digital content from going bust or power cut or some other crap which stops it working. You could loose your entire collection.

    #17 3 years ago

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    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]

  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

    It’s Xursday again – what treats does he have for you this week? He’s in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger’s room. Let’s take a look at the latest weapons and gear from your favourite Destiny trader. No Backup Plans [Titan Gauntlets] – 13SC ATS/8 Arachnid [Hunter Helmet] – 13SC Heart of […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

    PC format is “by far the best gaming platform around,” says Hardline producer. “We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over.” Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral is reassuring players that there will not be a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield […]

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

    We have 10 download codes for new indie puzzler Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One to give away. The be in with a chance of winning a code, just enter your details below and we’ll pull the winners from the hat on Monday March 2nd, after 2pm GMT. Pneuma: Breath of Life is a […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

    Life is Strange Episode 2 won’t make its expected release date. The first Life is Strange episode released on January 30, and we had expected the second to follow on March 13. Square Enix has since confirmed to Destructoid that the next chapter won’t make its release date. There’s been no word of the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]