Despite rising interest in new releases, games and its sales in the UK decreased overall in 2022. Here are the full details–
The best video games of the year were FIFA and Call of Duty, and the Nintendo Switch was the most popular console (despite a drop in sales).
With a 4% rise in sales over FIFA 22, FIFA 23 was the most popular game of the year. With a 67 percent rise in sales over Call of Duty: Vanguard from the previous year, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 came in second.
In addition, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet saw a 36 percent boost in sales above those of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl from the previous year, while Pokémon Legends: Arceus also did well.
Growing Online Games
With the largest percentage of gamers among the overall population, China, Japan, and South Korea are leaders in this category. Statistics show that internet gaming has always existed and has evolved over the years. Despite recent trends of expansion in this area. We arrived at the point when MMOs are merging with PC and console gaming. Online games with a large number of players are known as MMOs, and they have experienced a recent boom. Around that period, prominent large-scale multiplayer online battle arena games like Dota2 and LoL rose to prominence.
Sales of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet increased 36%. On over those of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl from the previous year, while Pokémon Legends: Arceus was also well received.
During the COVID-19 years of 2020 and 2021, after experiencing tremendous growth in downloads. Digital sales of games distributed on both digital and traditional media increased by merely 1% year over year. It should be mentioned that Nintendo does not split the revenue from its games’ digital sales.
Due to the constant stock shortages, console sales decreased in comparison to 2021. Sony’s PlayStation 5 system sales decreased by almost 33%, while Nintendo’s Switch console saw a 27.5 percent decline in sales but continued to lead the UK market.
Sales of the Xbox Series X/S were down as well, albeit only by 15%. By the end of the year, less than 60,000 units separated the three platforms.
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