UK games sales hit all time high

2007 sees staggering growth for video games market, with licensed titles playing key part.
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The UK interactive entertainment software market hit a new all time time high in 2007, according to its trade body ELSPA.

Chart-Track figures for the year showed that the industry saw a 16 per cent increase on units sold from the previous year, taking the total to an impressive 75.9 million units sold.

These record sales across all formats totalled £1.72 billion, an increase of over 26 per cent on 2006's record figures.

FIFA 08 from EA Sport was the top selling game, followed by Dr Kawashima's Brain Training by Nintendo, Call of Duty 4 from Activision and Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 from Konami.

Halo 3 (Microsoft), The Simpsons Game (EA) and WWE Smackdown vs RAW 2008 (THQ) also featured in the top ten.

"We are thrilled to see the industry growing and software sales continuing to rise," commented Paul Jackson, director general of ELSPA. "This is a real testament to the industry, and the creativity and the talent we have in the UK."

2007 was the biggest year ever for handheld systems, with the Nintendo DS software actually ranking as number one in terms of units sold, and Sony's PSP ranking number five in units and number six by value.

The entire console handheld sector broke previous records and claimed nearly a third of the entire software units market, up 45 per cent and just over one quarter of the entire software market by value, up 28 per cent.

The biggest static console format in terms of value generation was Microsoft's Xbox 360, followed by Sony's PS3.


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