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UK games market up 9.6% YoY, reached £3.3bn in 2017

The Entertainment Retailers Association released its annual report on the entertainment market (video, music and games) and found it has broken a new record in 2017 by reaching £7.24bn – a 8.8 per cent increase year-on-year.  The video games market hit £3,353bn in 2017, which represented a 9.6 per cent …

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Digital spending soars while physical shrinks over 50% in ten years

Consumer spending in games has increased 72 per cent between 2007 and 2016, but physical spending has fallen by 54.9 per cent during the same period, according to a new report from the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA). Boxed games are now worth less than half their value in 2007, totalling …

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ERA: 2016 physical games revenue down 16.4% year-on-year, but digital up 12.1%

In 2016, revenue generated by the boxed games market dipped by 16.4 per cent. That’s according to data from the retail trade body ERA, which – citing GfK figures – says that 776m was generated by software sales during 2016, down from 2015’s 927.7m. This is due to some titles …

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OPINION: The games industry’s biggest secret: 77 per cent of gamers still prefer discs

ERA’s Kim Bayley discusses the latest results from the retail association’s unique consumer tracking study. Conventional wisdom would have it that physical formats in the entertainment business are utterly doomed. Certainly the games business has been the leader in the revolution. Our annual ERA Yearbook first reported that digital had …

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ERA: 77% of UK players prefer boxed games

Digital may be the biggest sector in video games, but research from the Entertainment Retailers Association says that 77.1 per cent of UK consumers prefer their games in boxes. Writing for MCV, ERA boss Kim Bayley explained that British gamers are hugely in favour of physical releases for a variety …

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MCV Jobs Weekly: New editor for eSports Pro

Mike Stubbs replaces Chris Higgins as editor of eSports Pro, AlexVerrey launches Big Boy PR and ERA appoints anew director of marketing and communications. New editor for eSports Pro Mike Stubbs has joined MCV as editor of eSports Pro. He joins from God is a Geek, where he started as …

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Adele’s 25 pips FIFA 16 to become the biggest UK entertainment launch of 2015… if we pretend digital doesn’t exist

Unsurprising, Adele’s 25 album was the UK’s biggest entertainment product of 2015 with 2.6m sales, according to retail trade body ERA. But it was very close between the smash hit album and the video game FIFA 16. FIFA 16 sold over 2.5m units, and was on sale for a much …

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