Latest figures from Juniper Research show that the UK spent £234 million on mobile gaming last year, which includes in-app purchases. Anyone doubting that this particular slice of the industry isn’t on the up should note that that figure is 48% up year on year.
Just over a billion pounds was spent on boxed software though, which despite being down 26% year on year still massively outweighs the mobile figure. It’s likely one will overtake the other in the next couple of years, though.
Other data, collated by MCV, indicates that £655m was spent on online games. That’s up 25% and includes Xbox Live subscriptions, casual games, social gaming, download to own and streaming/on-demand games. £454m was spent on consoles, that’s down 30%.
The total spent on gaming in the UK last year was around £2.9 billion.
Sources: IHS Screen Digest, Juniper Research, NPD Group, GfK Chart-Track.