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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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    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]