UK spent $9.39bn on video games in 2021

UK spent $9.39bn on video games in 2021

UK consumers spent a record £7.16 billion ($9.39 billion) on video games in 2021.

That's according to the country's trade body, Ukie, whose UK Consumer Games Market Valuation shows that last year saw a 1.9 per cent increase year-on-year. Meanwhile, 2021 saw a 32.8 per cent increase on 2019.

Hardware sales were up 17.4 per cent year-on-year, hitting £2.66 billion ($3.49 billion). Of this segment, consoles saw a 32.9 per cent rise, while the amount of money spent on virtual reality tech hit £183 million ($240 million), a 41.9 per cent increase.

With regards to software, digital sales on PC saw a seven per cent drop year-on-year, while console dipped 5.59 per cent. Ukie reckons this is the result of fewer major releases in 2021 versus 2020.

"The UK consumer games market has consolidated effectively following significant growth during the COVID-19 pandemic," Dr Jo Twist OBE said.

"The UK is a nation that loves its video games and we should be proud of the positive contribution this sector makes to the economy, to our culture and to wider society."

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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.