23 December 2018 - London, United Kingdom – Video games trade body Ukie today announces that ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ by Rockstar/Take 2 has taken the Christmas No.1 spot in the official Ukie Games Charts, compiled by GfK.
The success of the global hit cinematic Western, a significant part of which was made in the UK, shows that UK consumer demand for immersive stories and interactive entertainment continues to grow, and reflects the continued health and talent of the UK games and interactive entertainment industry in a global industry.
Electronic Arts’ ‘FIFA 19’ and Activision Blizzard’s ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ finished in 2nd and 3rd positions of the closely run contest respectively, with both franchises having previously achieved eight Christmas No.1s to date.
The Ukie Games Chart top ten for week 51 2018 (compiled by GfK Chart-Track)
|1||RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2||PEGI 18+||ROCKSTAR|
|2||FIFA 19||PEGI 3+||EA SPORTS|
|3||CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS 4||PEGI 18+||ACTIVISION|
|4||BATTLEFIELD V||PEGI 16+||EA GAMES|
|5||SUPER SMASH BROS. ULTIMATE||PEGI 12+||NINTENDO|
|6||SPYRO REIGNITED TRILOGY||PEGI 7+||ACTIVISION|
|7||MARIO KART 8 DELUXE||PEGI 3+||NINTENDO|
|8||MARVEL'S SPIDER-MAN||PEGI 16+||SONY COMPUTER ENT.|
|9||CRASH BANDICOOT N.SANE TRILOGY||PEGI 7+||ACTIVISION|
|10||FORZA HORIZON 4||PEGI 3+||MICROSOFT|
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About UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie)
Ukie (UK Interactive Entertainment) is the only trade body for the UK's games and interactive entertainment industry. A not-for-profit, it represents businesses of all sizes from small start-ups to large multinational developers, publishers and service companies, working across online, mobile apps, consoles, PC, esports, VR and AR.
Ukie aims to support, grow and promote member businesses and the wider UK games and interactive entertainment industry by optimising the economic, cultural, political and social environment needed for businesses to thrive.
Ukie works closely with the sector to influence government and decision makers, lobbying successfully for the 2014 Video Games Tax Relief, the UK Games Fund, and the Next Gen Skills campaign which resulted in a new Computer Science Curriculum. Ukie makes connections for businesses and help them access the opportunities a digital economy offers, via a successful International Trade programme, running UK Games Industry stands at the biggest international industry events.
It promotes the industry by working with the media to raise awareness of the sector’s positive cultural and economic contribution, as well as the societal benefits of games. Ukie runs askaboutgames.com, where families can learn about safe and sensible online practices, parental controls and age ratings.
Ukie’s skills work serves to increase inclusion and diversity, advocating a STEAM approach to education. Initiatives include the Digital Schoolhouse (DSH), Video Games Ambassadors (VGAs), a Student Membership scheme, and a professional development programme.
Ukie commissioned the Blueprint for Growth report in 2015, an independent review of the UK games industry with recommendations for decision makers in Parliament for how the industry can grow.
In 2016 Ukie partnered with Film London to deliver Games London, a ground breaking new three-year programme to promote the UK as the games capital of the world, the focal point of which is the annual London Games Festival.