UK games market breaks records by exceeding £4billion

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UK games market breaks records by exceeding £4billion

The games market in the UK has exceeded £4billion for the first time, with revenues up to £4.2billion in 2020.

The Entertainment Retailers Association revealed revenues of £4.2billion for the games industry in 2020, which takes them up by 14.5 per cent since 2019. These numbers mean the digital game business alone is now worth more than twice as much as the entire music market.

Global lockdowns were a boost to the games market as a whole last year, with digital games drawing the largest chunk of revenue. The digital games market includes streaming, mobile, subscriptions, and downloaded content for games – amassing 3.6billion during 2020.

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Although physical games didn’t fare quite as well, they still saw an increase of four per cent in revenue, totalling £598.5million. This is partially down to the release of the Xbox Series X and PS5 console launches.

The top ten selling games were also published in the report, summing up the consumer habits of 2020, although some data was missing. Nintendo, for example, did not provide the data for Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ digital download sales, which may have impacted its position on the list.

The UK’s top ten selling games of 2020 were as follows:

  1. FIFA 21 – 2,182,694
  2. Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War – 1,420,353
  3. Grand Theft Auto 5 – 1,127,222
  4. FIFA 20 – 903,810
  5. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare – 897,350
  6. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 810,462
  7. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – 665,815
  8. The Last Of Us Part 2 – 539,247
  9. NBA 2K20 – 481,507
  10. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – 436,957

Elsewhere, Steam recently released their 100 top-selling games of 2020, including fan favourites Cyberpunk 2077 and Phasmophobia.

Published at Mon, 11 Jan 2021 12:23:00 +0000

Artist creates Squirtle variant in every Pokemon type

An artist on Reddit has created a Squirtle in every Pokemon type, revamping the Kanto starter to fit eighteen different variants.

Reddit poster lanazamo has created these detailed variants, keeping his silhouette the same and working around his classic traits. Many fans on the site then went about naming the new versions.

I drew Squirtle in every type! [OC] from pokemon

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Further down in the comments, the artist revealed some of their inspirations for the character variants – including using an acorn to inform the grass type. The real-world inspirations are also visible, with ice type Squirtle built like an igloo, and bug type Squirtle sporting a sizable bee sting.

Pokemon Sword and Sheild used new types for some of its regional variants, following the example set by Sun and Moon’s alternate Raichu and Vulpix. This has caused many fans to share their own regional variants, hoping for possible inclusion in an upcoming game.

Pokemon Red and Green celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and alongside some new artwork, fans are waiting to see what the previously announced celebrations have in store. So far, nothing concrete has been announced, but fans have been promised something exciting.

Elsewhere in Pokemon news, Pokemon GO reportedly made US$1.92billion (£1.42billion) last year, despite the global pandemic limiting players’ abilities to travel and play. This makes it the fifth highest-grossing mobile free-to-play game of 2020.

Published at Mon, 11 Jan 2021 11:21:21 +0000

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