UK beats out Japan in the overall videogames market

The US is always number one…in the games market. I don’t give us long in this economy, but we’re still fine for now. Japan is usually number two in the overall market rankings, but it seems that the UK has overtaken them this time around.

The United Kingdom has seen its biggest increase year-over-year, up 26 percent. That’s even better than the United State’s still respectable 15 percent boost. Poor Japan: they actually fell 13 percent, says Ripten

A statement by Dorian Bloch, Business Group Director, GfK Chart-Track Limited, lays it all out:

“UK console videogame software units are more than double what was achieved in 2003, which just shows how fast the UK market has been growing. Because of this amazing growth and coupled with the downtown currently being experienced in Japan, the UK market has for the first time overtaken Japan as the No2 world market. Although still behind on revenue, the gap has narrowed considerably and it will be interesting to see how things develop during 2009.”

I wonder how we all will fare next year if this all keeps up.


Dale North