The games industry, in general, is slowly transitioning to digital media, with various companies pushing for the same. The UK market, similarly, is becoming increasingly digital- however, it seems like single-player games are continuing to perform well through physical retail channels.
As per a report by GamesIndustry, several of last year’s games such as Far Cry 6, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and Ratchet and Clank: A Rift Apart, which were some of the best-sellers of the year, performed very well, selling more physically than digitally. The only exception to this is Resident Evil Village, which was marginally a little bit more popular on the digital front.
Nintendo games continue to perform well physically, unsurprisingly. Of all the physical copies sold, Switch had a share of 47%. Apart from that, FIFA 22‘s digital sales share was 61%, making it the fastest-growing digital product in the country, whereas the Call of Duty franchise saw the digital share drop year on year, with Call of Duty: Vanguard’s share being 58%.
EA’s F1 2021 in the end takes the bag for the biggest digital sales share for a new release, enjoying a 64% digital sales split.
Below, you can have a look at the 2021 UK sales chart with digital sales split to get an overview of the current market situation.
|Call of Duty: Vanguard||975,339||58.3%|
|Grand Theft Auto 5||967,242||76.9%|
|Mario Kart 8 Deluxe||599,881||No Data|
|Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War||549,490||74.3%|
|Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales||505,803||30.6%|
|Animal Crossing: New Horizons||457,407||No Data|
|Red Dead Redemption 2||395,669||78.2%|
|Far Cry 6||371,020||44.7%|
|Assassin’s Creed Valhalla||358,379||48.1%|
|Resident Evil Village||331,252||54.8%|
|Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury||321,010||No Data|
|Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege||225,477||96.3%|
|Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart||210,507||18.4%|
|Pokémon Brilliant Diamond||192,576||No Data|
|Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy||192,576||27.4%|