We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Computer games outselling music and video

Spending up 42% since last year

Computer games have become more popular than music and video, according to Verdict Research.

The company said total spending on games in 2008 will reach £4.64bn, that's a 42 percent rise on last year and is more than the total outlay on music and video, which is expected to hit £4.46bn.

Malcolm Pinkerton of Verdict Research told the BBC: "The music and video market is not just suffering from a slowing of growth but a massive transfer of spend to online".

When it comes to online music and video sales, it's the CD and DVD market which has grown rather than digital downloads, which still make up only four percent of the market.

However, the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) disagrees and says in 2007 games software sales stood at £1.7bn, compared with £1.4bn worth of music sales and £2.2bn generated by video sales.

Steve Redmond from the ERA said: "Our prediction is that games will overtake video by the end of this year, but not music and video combined".


IDG UK Sites

Very best Black Friday 2014 tech deals UK: Latest bargains on phones, tablets, laptops and more...

IDG UK Sites

Black Friday feeding frenzy infects the UK

IDG UK Sites

VAT MOSS: Will I be affected by the EU VAT changes? Here are the facts for designers and artists

IDG UK Sites

Black Friday 2014 UK: Apple deals, Amazon deals & Black Friday tech offers