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Brits spent more on games in 2020 than TV shows and movies combined

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To say 2020 was a strange year would be understatement. For many of us, most days are now being spent in the comfort-stroke-boredom of our own home. Daily commutes have made way for Zoom calls in pyjamas, and cinema trips replaced with Netflix binging sessions.

All of which may have contributed to the fact that, in 2020, Brits spent more money on video games than TV shows and movies combined. Video games made up £4.2 billion ($5.6bn) of home entertainment sales. It's the first time the UK games industry has exceeded £4 billion, with a 14.5% increase since 2019. TV shows and movies together sold £3.2 billion ($4.3bn), with music bringing in £1.5 billion ($2bn). Thanks to Entertainment Retailers Association for the figures.

(Image credit: Entertainment Retailers Association)

FIFA 21 took the crown for best-selling game last year, having shifted over 2 million copies across digital and disc sales. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War came in second with over 1.4 million copies sold. Despite releasing over seven years ago, Grand Theft Auto 5 continues to be Rockstar's big moneymaker. It sold a staggering 1 million copies in 2020 alone, making it the third best-selling game in the UK.

Mollie Taylor

A fresh writer in the industry, Mollie has been taken under PC Gamer's RGB-laden wing, making sure she doesn't get up to too much mischief on the site. She's not quite sure what a Command & Conquer is, but she can rattle on for hours about all the obscure rhythm games and strange MMOs from the 2000s. She's been cooking up all manner of news, previews and features while she's been here, but especially enjoys when she gets to write about Final Fantasy, Persona, The Sims, and whatever other game she's currently hopelessly fixated on. There's a good chance she's boring another PC Gamer writer about her latest obsession as we speak.