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Here are the biggest video game franchises in UK history

Graphics specialist GfK has revealed the 30 highest-grossing video game franchises in UK history by box sales.

Based on 1995 data, the company claims these 30 games generated more than £26.3 billion in revenue over 27 years.

FIFA is unsurprisingly the No.1 brand in the UK, with its 50 games over almost 30 years, beating second place Call of Duty, which has played 32 games over almost 20 years.

Today, FIFA is an annualized franchise, but there have been years with many releases. GfK remembers 2006, which saw the release of FIFA 07, FIFA Street 2, FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 and FIFA Manager 07.

Meanwhile, Call of Duty’s peak – at least in physical terms – was with 2010’s Call of Duty: Black Ops and 2011’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

In third place is Nintendo’s Mario franchise, which includes all of Mario’s sub-brands. This data covers 109 games, with the biggest boxed sellers being Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 8, and New Super Mario Bros.

At #4 is Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto series. The franchise has always been hugely popular, but GTA 5 stood out. Based on boxed sales alone, GTA 5 accounted for 40% of overall GTA franchise sales in the UK. If we were to add digital sales, it’s safe to say the breakdown would be even higher.

11 of the Top 30 games are licensed titles, such as LEGO (the biggest licensed brand), Star Wars, Tom Clancy and Harry Potter. Combined with top-selling sports brands, such as WWE, F1, PGA Tour and FIFA, the licensed games on this list have together generated £2.8 billion since 1995.

“This is an intriguing list and anyone who has followed the development of the video game industry like myself will no doubt not be surprised at the value, size and scope of this market,” said Dorian Bloch, senior client insight at GfK. games director.

“What was once considered a niche industry is now an unmistakably mainstream market generating billions in revenue a year. The characters in these games have become much-loved heroes, from Lara Croft to Luigi and Mario to Sonic The Hedgehog. Terms used in the franchises have entered our vocabulary, and there are more than a few players who could find their way around the outskirts of San Francisco since their time driving a stolen car in GTA.”

The 30 best-selling video game brands in the UK by revenue

No. name Number of titles Beginning of the series Editor
1 Fifa 50 1993 EA
2 Call of Duty 32 2003 ActivisionBlizzard
3 mario 109 1987 nintendo
4 Grand Theft Auto 21 1997 rock star
5 Lego 77 1997 Warner/LucasArts/TT Games/Eidos
6 star wars 113 1983 EA/LucasArts/Warner
7 The Sims 106 2000 EA
8 Pokemon 93 1999 nintendo
9 Assassin’s Creed 27 2007 Ubisoft
ten Need of speed 30 1994 EA
11 Sonic 55 1991 Sega
12 WWE and WWF 61 1987 Take-Two/THQ/Acclaim
13 wonder 106 1982 Sony/Warner/Square Enix
14 WiFi 3 2008 nintendo
15 Tom Clancy 72 1997 Ubisoft
16 Guitar Hero/DJ Hero 18 2006 ActivisionBlizzard
17 Pro Evolution Soccer 22 2001 Konami
18 Skylanders 6 2011 ActivisionBlizzard
19 Battlefield 30 2002 EA
20 grave robber 31 1996 Eidos/Square Enix
21 Halo 15 2001 Microsoft
22 CC 43 1986 Warner/EA/Carré/Telltale
23 Formula One 66 1992 Codemasters/EA/Sony
24 Gran Turismo 13 1998 sony
25 Forza 13 2005 Microsoft
26 Harry Potter 13 2001 EA/Horn
27 Crash Bandicoot 22 1996 Activision/Vivendi/Sony
28 The Olympics 20 1992 Sega/Nintendo/Eidos/Konami/T2
29 Zelda 35 1987 nintendo
30 PGA Golf Tour 46 1990 EA/Take-Two