UK game sales broke £4 billion in 2020
2020 was a good year for videogames and set a new sales record in the UK, reaching revenues of just over £4.2 billion.
Not many industries have enjoyed an upswing thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and the flurry of lockdowns and other measures imposed to combat it, but the videogames industry has had a massive upswing as millions have been stuck at home with little else to do than play. Nintendo has been the biggest winner.
Not just big in Japan: Games sold more than both music and video, which earned £1.5 billion and £3.3 billion respectively. Nintendo Switch was the uncontested sales champion, despite PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S launching late last year.
Nintendo's world: Switch sold 312,121 units in Japan last week, compared to 17,876 PlayStation 4 units; 10,632 PlayStation 5 units and just 98 Xbox Series X units. GamesIndustry.biz believes Switch sold roughly as much as all the other consoles combined in the UK.