Could gamers be sitting on a fortune

Could gamers be sitting on a fortune?

A staggering total of £776m was spent on physical video games in the UK alone last year, but surprisingly many of these games go un-played, meaning gamers could be sitting on a goldmine. Zapper, one of the biggest buying & trade-in marketplaces on the web, exchanges new and used games for cash and has revealed the true extent of video game fanatics’ cash pots.

Video games in the UK can cost upwards of £40 for the latest titles, but once played, many of them fall out of favour. According to experts, around 22% of games sit unused in collections all over the country. And with the average video game collection being valued at £159, when totted up, that equates to a huge £31.8 million.

Patrick Neill, CEO of Zapper, said, “The video game industry is one of the biggest in the world. With a loyal following, the industry is now worth around $100Bn worldwide, so it’s unsurprising that there’s a huge number of video games not being played. So if people find they are simply sitting there collecting dust, it could be time to look at trading them in for cash.”

There are around 4.8 million ‘core’ gamers in the UK, and they are responsible for the majority of the physical game sales. Zapper estimates that a staggering £152 million worth of games are sat collecting dust in the UK, but these could provide a welcome early payday for savvy gamers.

The average offer for what Zapper calls an ‘AAA’ title is £4.76. With the average price of a new video game being £29, you would have to trade in just seven older games to afford the latest release – and you’d still have money to spare.

To find out more about Zapper, their game trade-in, and their forward-thinking ways of helping the general public declutter their lives while making money, visit the website: