Videogames Outsells Movies in the UK, But Who Cares About Europe? - The UpStream

Videogames Outsells Movies in the UK, But Who Cares About Europe?

posted Saturday Jan 2, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Videogames Outsells Movies in the UK, But Who Cares About Europe?

Apparently movies are a thing of the past, at least in the UK. While wrapping up 2009, the UK discovered that video games actually outsold movies this year. It may not seem like a lot, that is if the numbers only included movies in theaters, but these statistics actually include both movie ticket and DVD sales. Wow!

In 2009, approximately 1.73 billion British pounds went towards video game purchases, while the British only spent 1 billion pounds in the movie theatres, and 198 million British pounds on DVD and Blu-Ray disks. That's about a 30% difference! Not only were more video games sold, A LOT more video games were sold. But the UK certainly can't live up to the United States though, selling $2.7 billion dollars worth of video games, just in November this year.

Not only did video game sale increase numerously, console sales have almost doubled this past year. A whopping nine out of every ten households in the UK now own a video game console. With video games becoming more and more life like, looks the the movie industry is going to get a run for its money.

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