UK gaming retailers report worst month in history

July 2013 saw just over a million sales across UK gaming retailers, a 33.3 percent year-on-year drop.

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July 2013 has seen UK gaming retailers report their worst month in history.

Citing official chart company Gfk Chart-Track, MCV reports that gaming retailers in the UK sold just over one million games last month. Sales are 40.4 percent lower than in June, and 33.3 percent lower than July 2012.

Few high-profile game releases were cited as a cause for the poor sales, with only three new releases making the top 50 sales chart: Pikmin 3, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, and Dynasty Warriors 8.

Sony's PlayStation 3 exclusive The Last of Us was the best-selling game of the month, followed by Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition and Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

In the coming months, retailers will be looking to the release of Grand Theft Auto V in September and the launch of the next-generation consoles later in the year will buoy sales.

All in all, UK gaming retailers reported around £23 million ($35.6 million) from game sales.

Discussion

106 comments
gregrout
gregrout

It really amazes me how people fail to understand published articles, "reality TV", etc. The last report that came out entitled "everything is fine" was read by 4 people. The media does this to attract readers and increase advertising revenue. Always keep this fact in the back of your head when you read or watch anything. As for this report, it's low compared to the abnormal high number of big selling games that came out last summer. This year there's no Diablo 3, Max Payne 3, Farcry 3, Pokemon Conquest, Sleeping Dogs, Borderlands 2, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, The Walking Dead, New Super Mario Bros 2, Dark Souls, Madden NFL 13... etc (all 8.5 or higher rated). 

rad8045
rad8045

People are just saving there money for when GTA 5 comes out, Plus the way the economy is world wide and the ever rising cost of living in all the major economies It doesn't surprise me people are spending less on non essentials.

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

I'll tell you why sales have been poor. Most people don't have the required disposable income. It's that simple.

hornspiller
hornspiller

Steam summer sale for PC. Hard on my wallet for shizzle! But then again PC sales are a drop in the big blue.


hadlee73
hadlee73

I'm not sure I see this improving until GTA V comes out. It doesn't help that cool games like Dragon's Crown won't see release in the PAL sector until October, meaning most people who *really* want it will have imported it already before those retailers even get it.

Darnytoads
Darnytoads

Hard to see the future . . . everyone stares at their separate screens and Microsoft tries to come out with a "One" solution . . . everyone has games on their phones, watches, tablets, computers, and TV's while the big corporations will try to once more impress us with higher polygons . . . everyone and his dog is making games and publishing them on a half-dozen different platforms but "fan-boys" (and girls) still exist.  The future is hard to see, but I look forward to it - gamers win.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Digital sales aren't counted, don't believe a word in this report.

Hammershock6
Hammershock6

Normally I buy all my games brand new. but I went into Gamestation and got a second hand copy of Gears of war 3 and Halo ODST.  Now the copy of Gears of war was in great condition, but ODST was faded scratched and had a sticker on the multiplayer disk, when I removed it there was a huge chip on the top that when I put it into my 360 the disk drive hum's terribly. 


Now you might think why didnt I take it back, well the answer is it wouldent be worth the fuel money since the disk only cost me £5, but if they do stuff like this its no wonder they get bad business.  Its why I prefer to shop online, even if I have problems they dont occur 50% of the time like the experiance I have had with UK game retailers.  something always happens.  Ive had one guy at Game said to my brother he can play a XBOX version of Halo 2 on PC.

emvv
emvv

we're near the end of a console generation, plus summer sales usally suck anyhow.  to be expected.

In ironic news, I came to visit family in central europe and escape the heat only to have to deal with record highs, and so far back home in the US South where I'm from  it's been extremely cool (by southern standards).  That kinda sucks

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Digital Sales UP, Physical Retail Sales DOWN.........

Its an innevitible downward slope for the retail industry : )

Its going to be really interesting to see how next Gen game sales compare given that all Xbox One Games (and I think PS4 games) are having simultaneous Physical/Digital releases.

Gramo
Gramo

Hot weather, Shit games. Drinking cider in the garden.

MonkerzX
MonkerzX

That's because it's the hottest summer since 2004 and people are actually going out.

And those who aren't are on Summer sale.

EL_Bomberdor
EL_Bomberdor

It's because TLOU set the bar too high. People are now lost and GTA5 is the only thing now that can fill the void.

maitkarro
maitkarro

Thanks to Steam, GOG, Dlcompare in a way (and in there are prices about 2x less than on steam, most of the time) and etc.

highlanderjimd
highlanderjimd

thats coz everyone with a brain has a PC and abused the Steam and GMG sales!

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Everyone was busy with the Summer Steam sale. No  one is buying a $60 game when they can buy the 10 best games of last year for $40.

Sam_021
Sam_021

Game retailer? WTF is that :D? You mean those game shops that sell you the game for twice the price? Fuck them :D

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

In the last year we lost loads of GAME, Gamestation and HMV stores, and what is left is not competitively priced.

I've bought plenty of games in the last year, but the vast majority were online or through Steam

DARKKNIGHTPRABZ
DARKKNIGHTPRABZ

i dont think its due to next gen consoles, im very sure of this. 

Its mostly due to the lack of quality new games since last of us. 

And the weather being hott, so people going outside. 

 

Apastron
Apastron

In the 'summer gaming drought', as it is widely referred to, sales of games were at an all-time low?  With two new consoles around the corner, GTA V fairly imminent, and absolutely nothing released except Pikmin 3?

Tell me something I don't know...

DARKKNIGHTPRABZ
DARKKNIGHTPRABZ

the reason sales are down is because their is a gaming drought, and most old /backlog  games people have now begun to play. or got off internet. 


By september late august it will boom

MadMike2869
MadMike2869

The reason sales are down is cuz a new console is just around the corner and GTA5 is coming out soon.

chiyochan111
chiyochan111

Not much good came out in summer to be honest. RIPD like the movie was trash, so was Dark and the infamous Ride to Hell. Serious is the point of the end of the consoles were all the trash that gets released....


KingTrax999
KingTrax999

Everyone was on holiday @ Disneyland or watching Doctor Who marathons.

MightyEzekiel
MightyEzekiel

still need to buy Metro LL and thats about it for this year.

19James89
19James89

@bouchart Wrong, the economy is actually picking up albeit slowly. The reason for a lack of sales is there has been a lack of new releases. People cannot go out and buy new video games if there aren't any being released. 

Next month will see a rise in sales with the release of GTA V.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@Thanatos2k Errr, the point of the report is to show how UK game retailers are doing.  If you want to know if your local Gamestop is going to close shop, this is your report.

rad8045
rad8045

@thenephariouson In Australia it's cheaper to buy the Physical copy than the digital copy, I think its because of the tax or something.

MysteryJ0ker
MysteryJ0ker

@Gramo 

30 is hot weather? I can imagine how you'll handle 45 weather =P

Crossel777
Crossel777

@Gramo 

This pretty much.  Can't play fuckin games in this heat.

maitkarro
maitkarro

@Sam_021 Unless I'm going for collecting my fav game as a physical version.

rad8045
rad8045

@Avenger1324 It's the opposite on consoles, Digital games even a year old still sell higher than hard copys from retailers. Might be different in America or UK but in Australia its cheaper to buy from retaliers.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@KingTrax999 Yeah, that's probably right, Dr Who. "UK gaming retail revenues - exterminate, exterminate!!!".

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Zloth2 @Thanatos2k Why do we care about UK game retailers, specifically?

Also, Gamestop sells digital content too, which they again conveniently don't report on.

MightyEzekiel
MightyEzekiel

@EL_Bomberdor @MightyEzekiel ye i know im just a fan of Fallout & Stalker.. also all of the games that are coming out are TPS (gta, watch dogs, ac 4, splinter cell, xcom, saints row 4 etc..) and im tierd of it as of lately.

roman4545
roman4545

@Thanatos2k Gamespot arent the only one posting these report, why dont you get your shit right ?

 You gonna comment in every article about report sale ?.. more like your whining and your gonna whine until theres a digital sale report for an accurate percent.... ok sure keep whining...

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Zloth2 @Thanatos2k I don't.  I just make a comment in every one of these retarded sales articles that Gamespot is obsessed with posting pointing out that they are meaningless because they don't count digital sales.

As consumers increasingly buy digital of course retailer numbers will decline.  This does not mean game sales are falling which is what is always claimed by these junk articles.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@Thanatos2k Well I'm guessing there's SOME reason, given that you read an article called "UK gaming retailers report worst month in history."

Gamestop sells digitally, yep.  So?  They're still liable to close down brick and mortar shops if sales get too bad.