Winners and losers from a year of lockdown

WINNER – UK Video Games Industry

Playtime soared during the pandemic, as people spent more time at home and used video games to virtually connect with friends and family.

Video game developers also had a relatively straightforward transition to remote working, with data from industry body Ukie’s (UK Interactive Entertainment) Playing On report showing that game businesses continued to work at 80% productivity during the worst of the Covid-19 crisis, and nearly a quarter continuing to recruit as the crisis unfolded.

This, coupled with the launch of new consoles at the end of 2020 (the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S), meant a bumper year for the UK video games industry. Overall, Ukie research…

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