The Interactive Games and Entertainment Association has today released the Australian industry snapshot for 2017 and it shows that gamers are spending more of games than ever.
In 2017, gamers spent $3.23 billion dollars on games and hardware. Digital sales accounted for nearly double the amount of physical sales ($2.054 billion and $1.176 billion respectively) with both going up on 2016.
Hardware accounted for 422.5 million up 36% on 2016, due to the release of the Nintendo Switch and other classic Nintendo hardware. Hardware was also up 17% thanks to the likes of PlayStation VR as well as new accessories that would have been attached to the Nintendo Switch.
It’s clear that games play a massive part of Australian retail, so now we just need the Australian government to throw their support behind local developers.