UK games market worth £4.03bn in 2008 whilst Wii software rises 112%

By Mike, Wednesday, 7 January 2009 10:38 GMT

wiipictureb2.jpgELSPA data shows that UK consumers spent £4.03 billion on videogame products in 2008 with Nintendo’s Wii system accounting for almost a quarter of all software sold.

Wii sold over 20 million games last year which is an increase of 112 percent over 2007.

Software sales as a whole were up 23% over last year, rising to a total of £1.9 billion, whereas consoles accounted for £1.422 billion.

Xbox 360 software saw 51 per cent sales increase, while PlayStation 3 software jumped 145 per cent, with 10.4 million games sold.

“Videogaming is increasingly bringing families together with the introduction of so many outstanding family-based console titles,” said Michael Rawlinson, MD of ELSPA.

“These have really opened up the market to those who may never have even considered playing a videogame before.”

More over at BBC.

By Mike Bowden

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