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UKIE has extended its service agreement with GfK Chart Track ensuring that they will continue to compile the ‘UKIE Games Charts’ for at least five more years.
The ‘UKIE Games Charts’ record physical video game sales from over 90% of UK retail outlets and are widely regarded as amongst the best in the world. The new agreement sees the continuation of GfK Chart Track as the data gatherers and compilers whilst UKIE continues to distribute and publish the ‘UKIE Games Charts’.
UKIE is delighted with jail sentences for two major games pirates. Richard Howell, a 39 year old man from Brynmawr, South Wales and Scott Cooke, a 36 year old man from Rhyl, North Wales have received jail sentences at Cardiff and Chester Crown Courts. Following investigations by the UKIE IP Crime Unit and Trading Standards both where found to be selling R4 game copier cards as well as supplying illegally copied DS games.
Last year, 2011, turned into another blockbuster 12 months for Activision as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 ended the year as the best-selling video game topping the coveted 2011 All Formats Chart, according to data released today by UKIE (compiled by GfK Chart-Track). This makes 3 years in a row for Activision as the publisher also made No1 in 2010 with Call of Duty: Black Ops and in 2009 with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
2011 was a challenging year for the boxed product video games market in the UK, with annual sales figures of £1.42bn (entertainment software, pc & console games), down 7% over 2010. However, thanks to a strong quarter four the boxed product market was actually slightly ahead of earlier forecasts for a year where consumer spending on leisure activities and leisure goods has been put to the test.
‘FIFA 12’ (-63%) kicks off 2012 as a non-mover at the top, followed by EA stable mate ‘Battlefield 3’ (-63%) which moves up one place to No2. ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’ (-76%) slips one place to No3. ‘Just Dance 3’ (-67%) stays at No4 ahead of ‘The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’ (-55%) which manages to climb 3 places to No5 with sales falling by a smaller margin than its competitors. It looks like ‘Zumba Fitness’ (+11%) is the go-to title for shedding that unwanted Christmas weight as it bounces back into the Top 10, up from No19 to No6.
Week 51 includes sales right up to the 24th December, 2011 and the consumer champion is EA’s ‘FIFA 12’ (+34%) which is a return to No1 after 10 weeks (the title took No1 in weeks 39/40). Activision Blizzard’s ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’ climbs one place to No2 (+19%) and Ubisoft drop one place to No3 with ‘Just Dance 3’ (+7%). EA climb 2 places to No4 with ‘Battlefield 3’ (+42%) and Ubisoft also climb 2 places to No5 with ‘Assassin’s Creed: Revelations’ (+26%). THQ’s ‘Saints Row: The Third’ continues to perform well, down just one place to No6 (+18%).