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This week saw a dramatic end to the programme’s national esports qualifiers, with two additional teams joining last week's Regional Champions after battling it out on Twitch's homepage to an audience of 675+, playing Blizzard's Overwatch.
Our third Regional Qualifier of the tournament was hosted by Belong in Bristol's city centre, welcoming visiting schools from the far reaches of Southern England, to Northern Ireland.
We’re very excited about this year’s London Games Festival, which is going to the biggest and best yet when it arrives in the city next month from 5 April to 15 April.
The London Games Festival is organised by Games London, a partnership between Ukie and the capital’s screen industries agency Film London, supported by the Mayor of London’s London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP).
‘GTA V’ replaces ‘FIFA 18’ at the top of the All Formats Chart this week. It is the 15th time the Rockstar/Take 2 title has reached No1.
New entry ‘TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge’ from BigBen/Koch is denied top spot by only a small margin, having to settle for No2 ahead of Sony’s new VR title ‘Bravo Team’ which debuts at No3. Sales of ‘FIFA 18’ drop by 43% relegating it to No4, ahead of ‘Call of Duty: WWII’ which is down 2 places at No5.
The Top 20 Free, Paid and Revenue Grossing UK mobile charts for week 9 by Reflection.
The Digital Schoolhouse powered by PlayStation National Esports Qualifiers are well underway, with two teams already reigning Regional Champions following this week’s competition with Blizzard’s Overwatch in Manchester and Staffordshire.
The Top 20 Free, Paid and Revenue Grossing UK mobile charts for week 8 by Reflection.
There are no new releases within the Top 40 All Formats (Units) this week – Milestone’s ‘Gravel’ debuts just outside at No42 but does make the revenue All Formats Top 40 at No30. The eagle-eyed chart follower will have noticed it is time to say Happy Birthday to Nintendo’s Switch, which debuted one year ago (week 9, 2017 ‘Zelda Breath of the Wild’ debuted at No2).
The UK market for games was valued at a record £5.11bn in 2017, representing +12.4% growth on the prevoius year.
These results show strong growth across both the game software and hardware markets, with software revenues up +8.3% to all £3.56bn and hardware growing significantly by +27.1% to another record of £1.43bn. The analysis also includes an assessment of the wider spend on game-related culture, which was valued at £117m.
The Top 20 Free, Paid and Revenue Grossing UK mobile charts for week 7 by Reflection.
EA’s ‘FIFA 18’ remains at No1 for a second consecutive week and a total of six times on the All Formats Top 40. Rockstar/Take 2 climb 1 place to No2 with ‘GTA V’ and Activision climb 5 places to No3 with ‘Call of Duty WWII’. This week’s biggest new release is Konami’s ‘Metal Gear Survive’ for PS4/Xbox One debuting at No6.