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2004 UK Sales Increase By 6.6%

Officials from ELSPA (Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association) have revealed that the total sales of entertainment and leisure software in the United Ki...

David Jenkins, Blogger

January 10, 2005

2 Min Read

Officials from ELSPA (Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association) have revealed that the total sales of entertainment and leisure software in the United Kingdom in 2004 reached a total of £1.34 billion ($2.5 billion) – an increase of 6.6 percent on 2003’s figures. During the year, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas broke records as the fastest selling video game of all time in the UK, with 1 million units sold in nine days, for a total of 1.75 million by the end of 2004. A record five titles achieved double platinum status (600,000 units) in the last ten weeks of the year, including Sony’s EyeToy: Play and Electronic Arts’ Need for Speed: Underground 2. During 2004, Xbox games showed the greatest amount of growth, with sales on the format rising by 37.9 percent. The PlayStation brand continued to dominate, though, with a 13 percent increase to a total of £640 million ($1.2 billion) for the year. The top ten games for the whole year were as follows, with the high placing of titles such as Sonic Heroes, Need for Speed and DRIV3R proving yet again that, while the UK may be the biggest single market in Europe, its taste in games remains as ingenuous as ever.

Pos.

Title

Publisher

Formats

1

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Rockstar

PS2

2

FIFA Football 2005

EA

All

3

Need for Speed: Underground 2

EA

All

4

The Simpsons: Hit & Run

Vivendi

PS2/Xb/GC/PC

5

Pro Evolution Soccer 4

Konami

PS2/Xb/PC

6

Sonic Heroes

Sega

PS2/Xb/GC

7

Spider-Man 2

Activision

All

8

Need for Speed: Underground

EA

All

9

Halo 2

Microsoft

Xb

10

DRIV3R

Atari

PS2/Xb

About the Author(s)

David Jenkins

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David Jenkins ([email protected]) is a freelance writer and journalist working in the UK. As well as being a regular news contributor to Gamasutra.com, he also writes for newsstand magazines Cube, Games TM and Edge, in addition to working for companies including BBC Worldwide, Disney, Amazon and Telewest.

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