Rockstar Games have managed to surpass the three million mark across retailers in the UK with GTA V. The figure is a reminder of the games presence in the European market, after it managed to generate $1 billion in worldwide sales in the first three days of launch. GTA V is well on the way to becoming one of the best selling console games of all time, with 29 million copies already sold to retail thus far.
Mario Kart Wii currently holds the spot for being the best-selling non-bundled video game of all tim win the UK, after it managed to shift 34 million units as of March 2013. Further sales will come as the game brings out its new Story Driven DLC in 2014, as well as its rumoured next-gen console and PC ports are due out later this year as well. For September 2013 GTA V managed to bring in £180 million for the UK boxed game market, putting it on the rise since December 2008.
Despite this rise, physical game sales have declined across 2013 by 3 per-cent, with digital revenues actually on the rise by 16 per-cent – overtaking physical game sales for the first time. Combine those sales along with the £300 million in hardware sales that the next-gen consoles generated in the latter part of the year, and we can see that the UK game market took £2 billion alone, climbing 6.6 per-cent in 2013.
Whilst its quite encouraging to see that the gaming market in the UK is growing after five years of decline, the numbers for online sales versus physical sales is even more interesting. If its like this for the UK alone, alongside the US’ figures we could see retailers switch to a more online-based game sale market, where people will be able to download a code like buyers of the FIFA 14 and Forza 5 Xbox One bundles had to do, as opposed to getting a physical copy of the game.
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