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You know those UK sales charts we publish every week? They’re pretty irrelevant these days. That’s because they discount digital purchases, which in 2020 represented 67 per cent of the market. That’s a significant increase from 52 per cent in 2019, and while coronavirus will have played a part in that dramatic upswing, trends are pretty clearly moving away from physical software.

We should elaborate that this data excludes Nintendo and Bethesda published titles, as they refuse to share digital numbers, although we imagine they’re observing similar trends to everyone else. A total of 42.7 million games were purchased in the UK overall last year, and despite the shift to downloads, physical sales actually increased two per cent year-over-year.

Interestingly, PlayStation 5 was the second-best selling console of 2020 in the UK, despite it being supply constrained and not launching until mid-November. Nintendo Switch was the overall winner, with the PlayStation 4 finishing up in third. Similarly, the DualShock 4 controller was the best-selling accessory for the year.

Below is a list of Britain’s best-selling games of 2020, with digital and physical numbers included. Unsurprisingly, it’s the likes of FIFA, Call of Duty, and Grand Theft Auto which rule supreme, although The Last of Us: Part II, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and Ghost of Tsushima all put up decent numbers as well.

UK Best-Selling Games 2020

  1. FIFA 21
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. FIFA 20
  5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  6. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  7. Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  8. The Last of Us: Part II
  9. NBA 2K20
  10. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege
  11. Red Dead Redemption 2
  12. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*
  13. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  14. Monopoly Plus
  15. Marvel's Avengers
  16. Ghost of Tsushima
  17. Cyberpunk 2077*
  18. Assassin's Creed Odyssey
  19. Minecraft
  20. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

* Digital sales not included