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Computer gaming sales up sharply

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Swedish consumers purchased more than 7.6 million computer games in 2007, spending about 2.3 billion kronor ($3.6 million).

Compared with 2006, Swedish game sales for 2007 increased by 37.3 percent when measuring in units and 31.3 percent when measured by turnover, according to figures from industry umbrella group Swedish Games Industry (Dataspelsbranschen).

Half of Sweden's population play computer games, and the numbers are equal between women and men, according to the organization.

The group forecasts 10 percent growth in 2008.

PCs are still the largest gaming platform, but Playstation 2 also remains strong after seven years on the market. However, Swedish Games Industry sees new gaming consoles exhibiting the strongest growth.

The year's most purchased games include titles such as World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, Singstar Svenska Hits Schlager, Super Mario Galaxy, Guitar Hero III Legends of Rock, and Assassins Creed.

Approximately 3.6 million PC-games were sold during the year, and 1.7 million for Playstation 2.

Swedes also purchased a total of 728,000 games for the Xbox 360.

Portable gaming consoles are also becoming more popular. Game sales for the Nintento DS increased four-fold, due in large part to titles such as Pokémon Diamond/Pearl and Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass.

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