The Daily Telegraph yesterday publishes statistics that show people spent more money on games than movies in 2009. Many within the industry have been saying that, with money being tight during the recession, consumers would rather spend their hard-earned on games that has a much longer entertainment lifespan than a movie.
The newspaper said:
“This is the clearest evidence yet that the video games market has come of age and transformed itself from a niche form of entertainment for teenage boys into a mainstream form of entertainment for millions of British families.”
In the twelve months running from September 2008 to September 2009 there was 1.73 billion spent on games. This tops the 1 billion spent at the British Box Office, according to the British Film Council, and even with the 198 million spent on DVD and blu-ray releases, games are ahead by a considerable margin.
Tom Watson, the politician behind “Gamer’s Voice”, welcomed the statistics and said that they were proof the industry needed to be taken seriously. “Like anything digital, Parliament has a very narrow view of video games. Too many politicians think video games are played by teenage boys staying up all night shooting things in their bedroom… And yes there are plenty of those, but there is also a huge range of people of many different ages who love playing games. The industry has matured over the last decade, and so too have gamers.”