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Violent video games top 15 cities list

Research by a comparison website has found shoppers in Birmingham buy the most violent games. 44 major UK cities and towns were analysed. Leicester came fourth while Wolverhampton, Northampton and Nottingham were also in the top 15.

  • Birmingham
  • Newcastle
  • London
  • Leicester
  • Southampton
  • Norwich
  • Wolverhampton
  • Belfast
  • Northampton
  • Edinburgh
  • Sheffield
  • Cardiff
  • Liverpool
  • Bournemouth
  • Nottingham

Violent video game purchases were measured in proportion to the area population size.

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Shoppers should 'follow age classifications'

A comparison website that studied purchases of violent games say shoppers who buy video games online should always abide by age classifications, especially when buying for younger gamers.

It comes after shoppers in Birmingham came out on top as the biggest buyers of violent video games in the country in a study by the comparison website.

The shopping data we have access to gives us a fascinating insight into online consumer shopping trends across the UK. From Southampton to Stockport - we were curious to see which areas snap-up the most violent video games.

As we compare the prices of over 20,000 video games, we would always advocate that shoppers follow strict age classifications, especially when purchasing for younger gamers.

– Erik Lorentz, Head of Communications at


Birmingham named 'violent games capital of UK'

Shoppers in Birmingham are the biggest buyers of violent video games in the country, according to a new study by a comparison website.

Shoppers in Wolverhampton, Leicester and Northampton were also in the top 10 Credit: Oliver Berg/DPA/Press Association Images, who carried out the study which looked at purchases over the last year, also say their results roughly correlated with the areas of the UK that have the highest crime rates.

The research was conducted over a 12 month period between October 2012 and October this year by the independent shopping price comparison site. It examined online shopping habits in 44 major UK towns and cities.

They also say the findings are in contrast to those in lower crime areas where online shoppers were revealed by the study to have bought fewer violent video games.

Birmingham came out on top of the list with the most violent video game purchases in proportion to their population size. Shoppers in Wolverhampton, Leicester and Northampton also featured in the top 10.

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