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Video gaming in the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is Europe's largest video game market and the third largest in the world,[1] with sales totaling $6 billion in 2008.[2] In 2009, the profits of Britain's video game industry exceeded those from its film industry for the first time.[3] Many major video game franchises are developed in the UK, including Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider, Burnout, LittleBigPlanet, Wipeout and Dirt. The country's main video game publisher is the ELSPA, and the primary video game developer is currently Tiga. The best-selling video game series made in the UK is Grand Theft Auto (primary developed by Rockstar North in Edinburgh, Scotland) which the series has sold over 150 million copies as of September 2013, the recent instalment Grand Theft Auto V became the fastest-selling video game of all time by making $815.7 million (£511.8 million) in sales worldwide during the first 24 hours of the game's sale. Grand Theft Auto V went on to break several other records such as Best-selling action-adventure video game in 24 hours, Fastest entertainment property to gross $1 billion, Fastest video game to gross $1 billion, Highest grossing video game in 24 hours, Highest revenue generated by an entertainment product in 24 hours and Most viewed trailer for an action-adventure video game.[4]

The organizations responsible for rating video games in the UK are the British Board of Film Classification and PEGI, the latter of which was elected to rate British games in 2009 and subsequently began doing so in July 2012.[5] The United Kingdom's video game industry is estimated to employ a total of 7,000 people.[6] One of the United Kingdom's greatest contributions to the worldwide gaming industry was the 1982 release of the ZX Spectrum home computer.

In recent years, Northern Ireland has made increasing contributions to the United Kingdom's video game industry.[7] In March 2012, Parliament instated certain tax reliefs for UK game developers[8]


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  2. ^ News - UK Game Sales See 23 Percent Growth In 2008. Gamasutra (2009-01-07). Retrieved on 2011-05-07.
  3. ^ Rosenberg, Dave. (2009-12-31) Video games outsell movies in U.K. | Software, Interrupted - CNET News. Retrieved on 2011-05-07.
  4. ^ "Grand Theft Auto 5 breaks 6 sales world records".  
  5. ^ "PEGI ratings become UK’s single video game age rating system".  
  6. ^ Who works in Computer Games?. Skillset. Retrieved on 2011-05-07.
  7. ^ "BBC News - The changing face of NI's video gaming industry". 2010-05-25. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  8. ^ Henderson, Rik (2012-03-21). "UK tax relief break". Retrieved 2012-03-31. 

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