Feeds

Wii will, Wii will Rock You

UK music games ring up £100m in '09

The essential guide to IT transformation

Music games are "burgeoning in the UK, ringing up £95.1m sales in 2009. This is not quite as good as it sounds - sales were £107.7m in 2008.

Ubisoft's Just Dance for Nintendo Wii was Leader of the Pack, outselling all other music games in the year. Activision's Guitar Hero series took six places in the top ten. Take That's Singstar also made the top ten, as did The Beatles: Rockband.

Pipped to the top of the chart in its week of release by ‘Guitar Hero 5’,  The Beatles: Rockband was a "global smash", says the BPI, a UK music industry association, with an estimated 1.7m copies sold worldwide from September to the end of 2009, including more than 1m tracks downloaded.

Canned quote from BPI Chief Executive Geoff Taylor:

"The most encouraging trend is the growth of a market for music track purchases direct to consoles to use with existing games and peripherals.  Rock Band now has over a thousand tracks available to buy, and more than 60 million have been downloaded worldwide in the last two years."

All told, 4.1 million games were sold in the UK in 2009, about 6.4 per cent of all games sales, according to the BPI, which compiled the figures.

Its findings are published in the BPI Statistical Handbook 2010, It can be yours for £70. ®

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

More from The Register

next story
Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins
More USB ports than your laptop? You'd better believe it...
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
Super Cali signs a kill-switch, campaigners say it's atrocious
Remote-death button bad news for crooks, protesters – and great news for hackers?
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Scale data protection with your virtual environment
To scale at the rate of virtualization growth, data protection solutions need to adopt new capabilities and simplify current features.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?