The number of music, film and game downloads reached £1bn last year, making 2012 the most profitable year for the digital entertainment industry.
The gaming sector dominated the market with a massive£552m spent on downloads, whilst music came second with £383m. Although the lowest share of the market with £98m, film downloads saw the biggest growth from 2011 (20%).
Overall, download sales increased by 11.4% last year meaning that one-quarter of entertainment market sales is now digital.
“The increase in downloads combined with the massive popularity of gaming comes as no surprise to those of us who work in the IT industry,” comments Greg Poulson of Freetimers. “Unfortunately, whilst this is good news for the digital industry, there are casualties such as high street retailers and national chains like Blockbusters.”