UK Games Retail Sales Drop 23% In February

As if in direct response to our earlier story regarding the head of Angry Birds developer Rovio claiming console games are ‘dying’, MCV are reporting that UK retail game sales figures (units) have dropped dramatically in February, down 23% year on year.

“February was a tough month for UK retail,” says the industry-focused site.  3,261,590 games were sold last month, worth £72.6m, with the Xbox 360 the leading platform (with 29% of all sales) followed by the PS3, then the Wii.


EA is the biggest publisher (with 20% of the market), with Ubisoft and Nintendo following.

The top ten games sold during the month of February are:

1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision)
2. Dead Space 2 (EA)
3. FIFA 11 (EA)
4. Test Drive Unlimited 2 (Atari/Namco Bandai)
5. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft)
6. Killzone 3 (Sony)
7. Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood (Ubisoft)
8. Bulletstorm (EA)
9. Marvel vs Capcom 3 (Capcom)
10. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (EA)

Source: MCV.



  1. Black Ops at the top…no LittleBigPlanet 2… Well, oh.
    Still refuse to believe that console gaming is “dieing”, sales can’t always be on an increase.

  2. This is hardly surprising nor a black omen. Just because the sale of physical copies of games are down does not mean overall sales are down. Over the past few years confidence in digital download has been growing and the service expanding. No doubt this is a heavy factor in this increase. Not to mention the impact the preowned market is having in these, still fincancially troubled, times. I’d like to see a representation of online sales and, even though it is impossible, preowned sales and see how these equate to this drop in sales.

    • *Edit: …No doubt this is a heavy factor in the decrease…

    • Agreed, times are tight for many at the moment and disposeable income is naturally low. Console gaming is not dying its just lower than the last few years as people are spending more on other things like bills and petrol!!! Somethings gotta give!

      • Mostly petrol!
        Anyway over £72 million is still a hell of a lot of games.

      • Maybe it’s because of all th pre-owned games. Maybe…

  3. Well, I think just about everything is down year on year. And now everyone will probably be sitting tight waiting to see how all these cuts are going hit home in April. Then VAT increase aswell? It’s not really that surprising I guess. I’m sad LBP2 is not in that list :( I know myself and my partner have said Killzone3 is going to be the last game we buy on day of release, up until Uncharted 3 comes out in November. That’s partially for money reasons, partially because I have an insane backlog of games :|

  4. I would suggest looking at preowned figures, I cant justify spending 45Gazillion pound per brand new title. seriously who is still buying black ops (take your prestige and you quake arena engine and give us something fresh)

  5. retail cannot compete with online sites like and amazon, but it certainly does not mean console games are dying out.

  6. This is what happens when I get a YLOD :(

  7. They’re not buying good games…. there thats sorted so the only thing that makes sense is MVC3 but meh I play different games now.

  8. dont think console games are dying out. The drop in sales id say would be because of our “current financial climate”, where as a couple of years ago people where purchasing more games in a year than now. People just cant afford it at the moment.

  9. Can’t help but think as the ps3 hack coming out had a bit of an impact.

  10. tax rises must be the main reason, I can’t bring myself to buy a game over 39.99

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