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Officials from British industry association ELSPA have revealed the UK game market up 1% from 2005, rising to £1.36 billion ($2.65bn) – the largest single market in Europe, thanks to DS software sales and PlayStation 2 hardware sales bonanzas.

David Jenkins, Blogger

January 11, 2007

2 Min Read

Officials from British industry association ELSPA (Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association) have revealed annual performance figures for the UK market that show a 1 percent increase over 2005’s own record figures. Software sales increased by 7 percent on the previous year with a total of 65.1 million units sold. As a result the British games market as a whole rose to a value of £1.36 billion ($2.65bn) – the largest single market in Europe. The most popular home console (implied to be in terms of hardware sold) was the PlayStation 2, followed by the Xbox 360, Xbox, Wii and GameCube. In the handheld market, Nintendo DS software sales outsold all formats except the PlayStation 2, with the PSP just behind. The PC market also enjoyed its best ever year of sales with a 7 percent increase. Paul Jackson, director general of ELSPA, said: "We are thrilled to see the industry growing and software sales continuing to rise. With the new generation consoles and new handhelds there are some amazing titles out there and consumers are continuing to enjoy them. There are new and exciting games available and more and more family orientated and mentally stimulating titles to grasp and hold the interest of all ages. This is also a testament to the industry and it will continue to gain momentum.” The top ten selling titles of 2006 were also revealed, with the chart providing few surprises beyond the presence of The Sims 2 which, with the exception of the PSP version, was actually released in 2005.

Pos.

Title

Publisher

Formats

1

FIFA 07

EA

PS2/Xb/GC/360/PC/GBA/DS/PSP

2

Pro Evolution Soccer 6

Konami

PS2/360/PC/PSP

3

Need for Speed Carbon

EA

All Formats

4

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Rockstar

PS2/PSP

5

Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy

Activision

PS2/Xb/GC/360/PC/GBA/DS/PSP

6

The Sims 2 Pets

EA

PS2/GC/PC/GBA/DS/PSP

7

Cars

THQ

All Formats

8

Tomb Raider Legend

Eidos

PS2/Xb/GC/360/PC/GBA/DS/PSP

9

The Sims 2

EA

PS2/Xb/GC/PC/GBA/DS/PSP

10

WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2007

THQ

PS2/360/PSP

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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