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UK games proving popular on Kinect


The UK gaming industry has been boosted by news that games made by British developers account for almost half of all units sold for Microsoft’s Kinect since the console’s launch in October.

Figures released by UKIE/GfK Chart Track, for the ten-week period to the second week of January, show that 42 per cent of games sold for the motion controlled gaming device were made in the UK.

Kinect Sports is the top title by some distance on Kinect, with the game developed by Leicestershire-based firm Rare representing 28 per cent of all units sold on the platform.

UK developers also feature in the top five most popular games for both the Sony Playstation3 Move and the Nintendo Wii Motion Plus.

Motion-controlled gaming was the stand-out development in UK gaming in 2010, helping boost retailers such as Game Group and HMV during a tough time for the sector.

The Kinect and Move products were among the bestsellers in the build-up to Christmas, with Microsoft announcing in December that is sold more than 2.5 million Kinects for the Xbox 360 in the first 25 days after launch alone.

Commenting on the positive news for British gaming, Director General of UKIE Michael Rawlinson said: “The array of strong products that our home-grown, UK talent is producing is something we can all be proud of.

“This just shows how our UK developer base remains one of the best in the world, and can continue to step up to the plate as the market develops and platforms evolve.”

Published on Wednesday 26 January by Editorial Assistant

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