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UK’s video game market surges as gaming fans joined by millions of newbies

UK’s video game market surges as gaming fans joined by millions of newbies
The Siliconreview
19 March, 2021

Recent reports have stated that the UK video games market hit a record £7 billion last year as lockdown fuelled a boom in the popularity of mobile games, consoles, and virtual reality headsets. The gaming industry has proved to be a coronavirus winner, with millions of consumers looking for relief from indoors. The gaming fans have been joined by millions of newbies seeking entertainment, which has given rise to an unprecedented 30 percent year-on-year increase.

The figures confirm just how valuable games proved to be stress buster across the country during the lockdown. Gaming has become the most pivotal part of UK people's life. The most significant year in UK gaming history was sparked during this fortunate time when Nintendo's family-friendly phenomenon was launched as it crossed on March when the nation went to its first lockdown.

It became the top seller during the first lockdown, outpacing the hardcore gamer favorites such as Call of Duty, Animal Crossing had helped fuel a 24 percent increase in the digital game sales for consoles to  £1.7bn last year. Total digital sales, including mobiles and PCs, have surged significantly and had overall sales of games software, including boxed games.