The UK’s Chart Track has just announced last year’s sales figures for consoles and games. And while 2007 celebrates a sharp rise on figures for all the consoles, a considerable chunk of the profit pie goes to handheld systems. More details in the full article.
The UK’s Chart Track has just sent in some interesting figures regarding last year’s overall video game sales. The year 2007 saw a total of 75.9 million consoles sold, which equates to a considerable 16 percent boost since 2006.
With regards to games, Chart Track announces that software sales for the time period totalled Â£ 1.72 billion (US$ 3.37 billion), indicating a 26 percent per cent over 2006’s records.
With regards to specifics systems, 2007’s figures show that the Nintendo DS took the lead, followed along by the Sony PSP. Handhelds dominated last year’s, claiming a third of the entire software units market. With regards for the top ten games of last year:
- FIFA 08 (EA Sport)
- Dr. KawashimaÂ’s Brain Training (Nintendo)
- Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision)
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (Konami)
- More Brain Training from Dr Kawashima (Nintendo)
- Halo 3 (Mircosoft)
- The Simpsons Game (EA Games)
- Wii Play (Nintendo)
- AssassinÂ’s Creed (Ubisoft)
- WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2008 (THQ)
Paul Jackson, Director General of ELSPA, had this to say regarding Chart Track’s 2007 end-year report:
We are thrilled to see the industry growing and software sales continuing to rise. This is a real testament to the industry, the creativity and the talent we have in the UK. There is, however, a chance to forget many of the problems the UK development sector faces with the pressure from the threat of international competition. We need to ensure that the UK creativity is able to continue to flourish and feed this demand, these figures should act as a reminder to us of the scale of our amazing industry and how we need to continue to work towards a healthier situation for one of the UK most lucrative creative industries.