UK Mobile Gaming Spending Grows 8.1% in 2021 | Pocket Gamer.biz


Throughout 2021, UK game sales generated around $ 5.8 billion (£ 4.2 billion), down 3.3% from 2020.

According to an annual report by TIME, six of the seven gaming sectors analyzed saw sales decline, with the exception of mobile games.

During the period, UK consumers spent around $ 2 billion (£ 1.3million) on mobile games, an increase of 8.1% year-on-year. Compared to player spending levels before the pandemic in 2019, UK consumer spending on mobile games has increased by 21.9%.

In addition, ERA said the market for mobile games is now three times the size of the market for “traditional physical console software”.

Long-term market benefits

In comparison, sales of physical video games fell 20.4%, generating nearly $ 700 million (£ 511 million), while digital downloads fell 0.4%, racking up $ 5 billion. (£ 3.7 billion).

While the UK games industry is down 3.3% in 2021, overall UK game sales are still above pre-pandemic levels, up 13.9% since 2019.

“The UK games market is more than double its size 10 years ago, with a compound annual growth rate of 7.8%, which is extraordinary in every way,” said Kim Bailey, CEO of ERA .

“The strong growth of mobile gaming can only benefit the market in the long term. Despite the slight setback in 2021, we can be confident that the gaming business will continue to thrive.”

According to Sensor Tower, European spending on mobile games reached $ 11.2 billion in 2021, with PUBG Mobile being the highest-grossing game at $ 404.2 million.


Robert P. Miller