United Kingdom: more video games sales data for 2016

United Kingdom – Global data for 2016

A few days ago, GamesIndustry shared some sales data for the video game market in the UK in 2016, and today, they share a lot more juicy data (courtesy of GFK Chart-Track). Throughout the year, sales of physical games generated £1.78 billion, which is 15.8% less than in 2015.

If you’re wondering who’s to blame for this drop, then look no further than Hardware sales: they dropped by 27% compared to 2015, with £503 million in 2016 (as opposed to 689.5 million in 2015). Despite the launch of new models for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, only the Nintendo 3DS saw an increase last year (thanks to Pokémon GO and Pokémon Sun and Moon, obviously).

The drop is slightly smaller for Software: -16.4%, with £776 million (including the starter packs for Toys-to-Life franchises), as opposed to £927.6 million units in 2015.

In fact, only the accessory segment (including Toys-to-Life) was up, with £501 million (+1%).

United Kingdom – Software share by platform for 2016

In 2016, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One dominated sales: they account for 80% of total Software sales (66% in 2015). Naturally, the Wii U’s market share dropped to 2.5%, due to a critical lack of games. Only the Nintendo 3DS increased its market share, primarily thanks to Pokémon.

Here’s the Software share by platform (units):

Last Year This Year Platform Software Market Share (Units)
1 1 PS4 45%
2 2 Xbox One 34.1%
5 3 Nintendo 3DS 7%
3 4 Xbox 360 5.2%
4 5 PS3 2.9%
7 6 Wii U 2.5%
6 7 PC 2.3%
8 8 Wii 0.5%
10 9 PlayStation Vita 0.4%
9 10 Nintendo DS 0.1%

Here’s the Software share by platform (revenue):

Last Year This Year Platform Software Market Share (Revenue)
1 1 PS4 48.2%
2 2 Xbox One 36.3%
5 3 Nintendo 3DS 6%
3 4 Xbox 360 3.3%
6 5 Wii U 2.1%
4 6 PS3 1.8%
7 7 PC 1.7%
8 8 Wii 0.2%
9 9 PlayStation Vita 0.2%

NB: the Nintendo 3DS’s market share is lower by revenue, due to Nintendo 3DS games being cheaper than home console games.

United Kingdom – Top 20 publishers for 2016

As for publishers, Electronic Arts dominated sales with a 22.1% market share in 2016 (+3% compared to 2015).

Thanks to Pokémon Sun and Moon, Nintendo’s market share rose by 1.5%, allowing the company to get back in the Top 5 of the most successful publishers in the UK.

Last Year This Year Company Name Software Market share (Units)
1 1 Electronic Arts 22.1%
2 2 Activision Blizzard 12.1%
4 3 Ubisoft 9.5%
6 4 Nintendo 8.2%
5 5 Take-Two 7.4%
9 6 Sony 7.1%
3 7 Warner Bros 6.4%
8 8 Microsoft 6.2%
7 9 Bethesda 5.4%
11 10 Square Enix Europe 3.3%
10 11 Bandai Namco 1.7%
17 12 505 Games 1.5%
15 13 Koch Media 1.2%
14 14 TellTale Games 1.1%
13 15 Konami 1%
20 16 Codemasters 0.8%
16 17 Sega 0.7%
12 18 Disney 0.7%
18 19 Capcom 0.7%
21 20 Little Orbit 0.3%

United Kingdom – Top 50 Software for 2016

For 2016, there’s only 5 new IP in the Top 50 Software, and none of them are on Nintendo platforms.

As for Pokémon Sun and Moon, it would have been the 10th best-selling game if GFK Chart-Track combined both versions. Speaking of Pokémon, there’s 6 different Pokémon games in the Top 50. Pokkén Tournament was the most successful new Wii U game.

Position Title Publisher/Developer
1 FIFA 17 EA/EA Canada
2 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Activision/Infinity Ward
3 Battlefield 1 EA/EA DICE
4 Tom Clancy’s The Division Ubisoft/Massive
5 Grand Theft Auto V Rockstar/Rockstar North
6 Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Sony/Naughty Dog
7 Call of Duty: Black Ops III Activision/Treyarch
8 Watch Dogs 2 Ubisoft/Ubisoft Montreal
9 Overwatch Blizzard
10 Forza Horizon 3 Microsoft/Playground Games
11 Mafia III 2K Games/Hangar 13
12 Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition Bethesda
13 FIFA 16 EA/EA Canada
14 LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Warner Bros/TT Games
15 Doom Bethesda/id Software
16 LEGO Marvel Avengers Warner Bros/TT Games
17 Star Wars Battlefront EA/EA DICE
18 Minecraft: Xbox Edition Microsoft/4J Studios
19 Far Cry Primal Ubisoft/Ubisoft Montreal
20 Gears of War 4 Microsoft/The Coalition
21 Pokemon Sun Nintendo/Game Freak
22 Fallout 4 Bethesda
23 Pokemon Moon Nintendo/Game Freak
24 Final Fantasy XV Square Enix
25 Rocket League 505 Games/Psyonix
26 WWE 2K17 2K Games/Yuke’s and Visual Concepts
27 Titanfall 2 EA/Respawn
28 EA Sports UFC 2 EA/EA Canada
29 No Man’s Sky Sony/Hello Games
30 Dishonored 2 Bethesda/Arkane
31 Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege Ubisoft/Ubisoft Montreal
32 Ratchet and Clank Sony/Insomniac
33 LEGO Jurassic World Warner Bros/TT Games
34 Minecraft: PlayStation Edition Sony/4J Studios
35 Dark Souls III Bandai Namco/From Software
36 Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 EA/Popcap Games
37 Rise of The Tomb Raider: 20th Anniversary Edition Square Enix/Crystal Dynamics
38 LEGO Dimensions Warner Bros/TT Games
39 Minecraft: Story Mode TellTale Games
40 Just Cause 3 Square Enix/Avalanche Studios
41 F1 2016 Codemasters/Codemasters Birmingham
42 WWE 2K16 2K Games/Yuke’s and Visual Concepts
43 Disney Infinity 3.0 Disney/Avalanche Software
44 Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Ubisoft/Ubisoft Quebec
45 Steep Ubisoft/Ubisoft France
46 Halo 5: Guardians Microsoft/343 Studios
47 Guitar Hero Live Activision/FreeStyleGames
48 Just Dance 2017 Ubisoft/Ubisoft France
49 Skylanders Imaginators Activision/Toys For Bob
50 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Square Enix/Eidos Montreal

Source: GamesIndustry


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