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Australian consumers blow movies away… with games

Global economic meltdown? Pfft, Aussie gamers don’t care:

The Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia (IEAA) today released figures showing games industry revenue was $1.96 billion in calendar year 2008, an increase of 47 per cent from the previous year.

How did movies fair in ’08?

Box office takings for the same period were up 6 per cent to $946 million, the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia said. Total revenue for movies sold on disc grew 5 per cent to $1.4 billion, the Australian Visual Software Distributors Association (AVSDA) said.

When you think about it, you’d have to see around five movies for every one game you purchase.

I like those odds.

~ by Logan on January 20, 2009.

2 Responses to “Australian consumers blow movies away… with games”

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  2. Yet despite that, one of the major distributors here, Red Ant, is apparently in receivership. Odd.

    Also, it’s kind of sad to note that the chances that there were many Australian-made games in those sales is pretty low. Why does the industry see so little government investment compared to the film industry, when it’s clear that the games industry is so much bigger?