Games journalism: Nov 21, 2010

Poor games stores. PlayStation and Xbox stocks are notoriously hard to get, sometimes they only come out a few days before their launch date and more often than not they don’t even sell out…

Games journalism: Nov 21, 2010

Poor games stores. PlayStation and Xbox stocks are notoriously hard to get, sometimes they only come out a few days before their launch date and more often than not they don’t even sell out when they do. Activision, who tried to snatch the sale of Call of Duty Black Ops 4 from Sony by not announcing release dates, are now finding themselves at the centre of outrage from gamers after selling patches for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 even before the game’s official launch. But gamers aren’t the only ones concerned about getting some of these games on their shelves: PC shops are finding their margins are shrinking at the sight of insufficient demand.

Of course, Ubisoft have not had such a bad launch as everyone had predicted so it’s not the end of the world for us. But what about if someone went to their store only to find their machine already depleted by a new release? If your shops don’t sell out fast enough, people will simply go elsewhere for their fix and you don’t even sell that generation’s best games.

UK high street shops lose more £500,000 a year as sales of smartphones and other tech overtake video games.

UK video game sales slumped to £904 million in the first quarter of the year, their first decline since 2001. While that’s a positive development, it’s not quite good enough. Mobile games are now making up a huge part of the industry and while the amount of money spent on these games is still rather low it is growing faster than the money spent on physical products.

While the UK video game sales drop is worrying for retailers, a recent report that shows the investment in games has dropped by 10 percent. However, maybe part of the problem is that people are spending less money in stores because they aren’t being sold many interesting titles to choose from. We’ve seen it with the influx of new releases, and if UK shops aren’t investing enough into games, they’re missing out on a massive chunk of our disposable income.

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