PlayStation 5 enjoys second biggest month so far | UK Monthly Boxed ChartsMarch 2021 can’t match March 2020, but it was still a strong month for physical game salesChristopher DringHead of Games B2BFriday 9th April 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet SharePlayStation 5 was the best-selling console in the UK for a second month in a row.Sony’s new console enjoyed its second biggest month so far, and it’s already overtaken PlayStation Vita, Wii U and Dreamcast in terms of sales in the UK.This is based on GfK Entertainment data.There was new stock of Xbox Series X and S as well, which saw a boost in sales for Microsoft’s new machines. It means that for the first time in years, Nintendo Switch was in third-place for the month.However, Switch sales continue to trend upwards. Year-to-date, the console is up 13.6% over the first three months of 2020, not bad for a machine now entering its fifth year on the market.March 2020 was a significant month for physical games and consoles sales in the UK due to the start of the COVID-19 lockdown, and as a result the comparisons for 2021 don’t look great. 217,268 games consoles (panel retail data, not upweighted) were sold in the UK over the four weeks to April 3rd, 2021, which is an impressive figure but still down 7.6% over the same period in 2020. In terms of boxed software, just over one million games were sold during March 2021, which is down 20% over the same period in 2020. Nintendo Switch dominated the charts for March, with Animal Crossing: New Horizons the best-selling game of the month 12 months after it launched, followed by Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury at No.3, Monster Hunter Rise at No.3, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe at No.5.The one non-Switch game in the Top Five is PlayStation-exclusive Spider-Man: Miles Morales at No.4.Related Jobs3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetProducer Indie Game Studio France UK & Europe Big PlanetSenior C++ Unreal Programmer – PC and Console Studio – Austria South East Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games One area of the industry that did grow year-on-year was the accessories market. 886,091 accessories were sold during March, which is a rise of 9% over February, and almost 14% up over March 2020. So far this year, accessory sales are up 36.7% with 2.57 million headsets, controllers and more being sold through retail.Sony is the no.1 accessories provider for March, just ahead of Turtle Beach. This was driven by accessories for PlayStation 5, including the DualSense controller (the No.1 accessory of the month), the Pulse 3D headset (No.5) and the DualSense Charging Station (No.7).Here is the GfK January Top 20 UK Boxed Games PositionTitle1Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)2Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (Nintendo)3Monster Hunter Rise (Capcom)4Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Sony)5Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo)6Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Nintendo)7FIFA 21 (EA)8Minecraft: Switch Edition (Nintendo/Mojang)9Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Activision)10Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)11Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo)12Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla (Ubisoft)13Minecraft Dungeons (Microsoft)14Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo)15Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Nintendo)16Just Dance 2021 (Ubisoft) 17Watch Dogs Legion (Ubisoft)1851 Worldwide Games (Nintendo)19Pokémon Sword (Nintendo)20LEGO Harry Potter Collection (Warner Bros)Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesSpecialEffect joins Best Places To Work Awards as charity partnerUS event deadline is coming upBy Christopher Dring 21 hours agoResident Evil: Village is the third biggest PS5 launch so far | UK Boxed ChartsBut physical sales down over previous Resident Evil gamesBy Christopher Dring 23 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
Songa EquinoxSonga Offshore, an offshore drilling contractor, and South Korea’s shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. (DSME) are in a dispute regarding a construction contract for the Songa Equinox drilling rig built by DSME. Songa Offshore took delivery of Songa Equinox, the first rig in a series of four Category D rigs specifically built for and contracted to Statoil, in June 2015 and the rig arrived in Norwegian waters in October.Offshore Energy Today reported in July 2015 that Songa Offshore had received notices of arbitration from DSME in respect of the construction contracts for the Cat D rigs. However, at that point DSME included no details regarding the dispute.On November 16, 2015, Songa received claim submissions from DSME related to Songa Equinox in which DSME asserts a claim of $179 million, along with a request for repayment of liquidated damages in a total amount of $22 million. Songa says the claim that is asserted relates to alleged cost overruns and additional work in relation to Songa Equinox rig due to what DSME alleges were inherent errors and omissions in the design documents (often referred to as the FEED package).“Songa Offshore has performed an initial review of the claim and does not consider that there is any substance to the claims asserted by DSME,” the company said on Tuesday.Songa also said it was confident of its position, and added it was of the view that DSME was responsible for the delays and any attempt to recover cost overruns was of no merit due to the “turn-key” nature of the construction contract.“Songa Offshore has obtained legal opinions from highly reputable law firms in the UK and Norway and from a Queen’s Counsel all of which confirm the company’s position,” the drilling contractor concluded.Offshore Energy Today Staff