After a successful quarter, Red Dead Redemption 2 took the top spot in the last weekly charts of 2018, that ended on December 29th. The sales for this title were actually down 42 per cent week-on-week, after the title experienced a huge boost in sales before Christmas.
These last charts of the year also provide figures for 2018 as a whole: 20.9m physical game copies were sold in the UK during the year, a 7.1 per cent drop year-on-year as 2017 reached 22.4m. The games market reached £731m according to GfK’s report, a slight 2.8 per cent decrease compared to 2017, which was valued at around £752m.
The PS4 continued its dominance and was the most successful console of 2018 in the UK in terms of software sold, with PS4 games representing 42.2 per cent of the market, followed by the Xbox One with 30.5 per cent of the market. The Switch accounted for 24 per cent of the market, which represented a 90.9 per cent increase of copies sold year-on-year.
The game charts make for interesting reading, as FIFA 19 remained at No.2 for a third consecutive week, despite a 36 per cent decrease in sales, though most titles saw their sales go down week-on-week following the Christmas surge. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 remained at No.3 and Super Smash Bros Ultimate gained one spot to No.4 replacing Battlefield V.
There wasn’t any new entries in the charts but we expect things to pick up and change as the first big titles of 2019 start to release.