The gaming industry in the United Kingdom has been on the rise in recent years, and in 2022 it reached new heights by overtaking Germany as the biggest gaming market in Europe, according to the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA).
The gaming industry in the UK generated £4.7 billion in sales in 2022, surpassing the film, television, and music industries. This is a significant achievement, and it highlights the growing importance and popularity of gaming among people of all age groups and background
One of the major contributing factors to the UK’s success in the gaming market is the popularity of the Nintendo Switch. The Switch topped the list of best-selling games in the European market, with “FIFA 23” coming in second place. “Pokemon Legends: Arceus” and “Mario Kart 8: Deluxe” also made the top five list, solidifying Nintendo’s dominance in the gaming market.
The success of the Switch can be attributed to its versatility as both a home console and portable device, appealing to a wide range of gamers. Additionally, the release of new titles like “Nintendo Switch Sports” and “Pokemon Violet” helped drive sales.
The popularity of mobile gaming also played a significant role in the UK’s gaming market success. About 30% of sales came from mobile apps, which are sold digitally. In fact, the ERA reported that 89.5% of games sold in the UK were digital downloads, while only 10.5% were physical copies.
Other top-selling games in the European market included “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2,” “Horizon: Forbidden West,” “God of War Ragnarok,” “FIFA 22,” and “Gran Turismo 7.”
Another notable game that contributed to the success of the UK’s gaming market in 2022 was “Elden Ring“. Developed by FromSoftware, the game was released for both Playstation and Xbox consoles, and it was highly anticipated by fans of the developer’s previous titles, such as “Bloodborne” and “Dark Souls.” According to reports, “Elden Ring” sold well on both Playstation and Xbox consoles.
However, some reports suggest that the game sold better on Xbox, possibly due to its larger player base and the popularity of the FromSoftware games among Xbox players.
The UK’s gaming industry has also had a positive impact on the economy. It has created thousands of jobs, from game developers to marketers, and it has contributed to the growth of the UK’s digital economy. Additionally, the UK’s gaming industry has also helped to improve the country’s image as a leading player in the global gaming market.
Best Selling Physical Games in the UK 2022
Here is a list of the top-selling physical games, The reports are based on several sources.
|1||FIFA 23 (EA)|
|2||Pokemon Legends: Arceus (Nintendo)|
|3||Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo)|
|4||Nintendo Switch Sports|
|5||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision Blizzard)|
|6||Horizon: Forbidden West (Sony)|
|7||God of War Ragnarok (Sony)|
|8||Pokemon Violet (Nintendo)|
|9||FIFA 22 (EA)|
|10||Gran Turismo 7|
Overall, the UK’s gaming industry had a tremendous year in 2022, and it has solidified the country’s position as a leading player in the global gaming market. The success of the Nintendo Switch, the popularity of mobile gaming, and the release of highly-anticipated titles like “Elden Ring” have all contributed to this achievement.