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Gaming property rich list: Here’s how much in-game properties would set you back in real life

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  • A new study by Ebuyer reveals how much gaming properties would cost if you were to purchase them in real life
  • Maze Bank Tower in GTA V would be the most expensive to buy at £2,880,000.00
  • One of the most affordable properties to purchase is Raffia Quinta from Oasis Springs at £28,152.19

Whether you’re using your Simoleons to buy your Sims a new villa, or you’re forking out your bells to Tom Nook in Animal Crossing to upgrade your pad, in-game property prices can be costly. But, have you ever wondered how much they would set you back if you were able to purchase them in real life?

It’s no secret that gaming has become more popular than ever, especially over the last year during the lockdowns. In fact, in 2020 UK consumers spent nearly £2.4 billion on digital consoles and games, up from £1.98 billion the previous year1.

If you’ve got your eye on a fantasy property, Ebuyer has analysed* the gaming property market to determine how much certain properties would cost if you were to buy them here and now (technically speaking). To convert the fictional property prices into GBP, food prices were analysed to estimate the exchange rate due to food being prevalent in all games.

According to the findings, the ten most expensive gaming properties are as follows:

Rank

Game

In-game property

In-game currency

In-game purchase price

Real life cost in GBP

1

GTA V

Maze Bank Tower

Dollars**

4,000,000

£2,880,000.00

2

FINAL FANTASY XIV

Large plot, with the large mansion

Gil

37,920,000

£407,640.00

3

GTA V

Eclipse Towers, Apartment 3

Dollars**

500,000

£360,000.00

4

Sims 4, Willow Creek world

Ophelia Villa

Simoleons

254,721

£183,297.23

5

FINAL FANTASY XIV

Medium plot, with the medium house

Gil

14,968,000

£160,906.00

6

Sims 4, Willow Creek world

Pique Hearth

Simoleons

113,498

£81,673.16

7

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

House, with all expansions and extra storage

Bells

6,196,000

£40,274.00

8

Sims 4, Oasis Springs

Vista Quarry

Simoleons

48,718

£35,057.47

9

FINAL FANTASY XIV

Small plot, with the small cottage

Gil

3,069,000

£32,991.75

10

Sims 4, Oasis Springs

Raffia Quinta

Simoleons

39,122

£28,152.19

Topping the property rich list is Maze Bank Tower in GTA V. The property in the game is located in Pillbox Hill, Downtown Los Santos, and gamers can purchase the tower from San Andreas’ favourite real estate company, Dynasty 8. And whilst it’ll set you back $4,000,000 in-game, if you could purchase it today in real life, it would cost £2,880,000.00… if only!

Taking the second spot is FFXIV. There are five different houses to purchase in the game, and they vary in price. The most expensive is the large plot, with the large mansion equipped with three floors, and a much bigger garden than the other plots. Costing 37,920,000 Gils in-game, it would set you back £407,640.00 in real life.

But if you’re on a strict budget, the most affordable property of them all is Raffia Quinta. Whilst Sims 4 may have first dropped back in 2014, if you’re an avid simmer, the pad from Oasis Springs would cost you only £28,152.19 to buy today… and if that was the case, we’d all own one! Another cheaper option is the small plot with the small cottage in FFXIV, costing £32,991.75.

Commenting on the research, Andy Roberts, E-Commerce Director of Ebuyer, says: “Often we spend so much time immersed in our gaming universes, there is a suspension of disbelief on the real-life costs of factors such as property and bills!

Our research gives food for thought on how much it would cost to live like our favourite characters in real-life. The results really are shocking!”

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Nintendo DS ranked as the top console gamers most want to see make a modernised comeback

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  • A new study by Hyperoptic delves into gaming nostalgia, revealing the retro consoles gamers most want to see make a comeback
  • Almost two-thirds (61%) of gamers want the Nintendo DS to return, making it the most sought-after console, followed by the PlayStation 1 (60.6%) and 2 (57.9%)
  • The study also taps into the most in-demand retro games, with the 1991 version of Sonic the Hedgehog taking the top spot (38%)

Over the last year or two we’ve seen new consoles and games launch such as the Nintendo Switch OLED, PS5, and Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. But with search interest for ‘retro gaming’ on the up, it seems many are currently looking for a hit of gaming nostalgia.

Hyperfast broadband provider, Hyperoptic has delved into the world of gaming nostalgia, to uncover the most sought-after consoles and games that players would most like to see make a comeback, or be modernised. Not only that, but the study also unveils just how much money players would spend to get their hands on the consoles.

Based on the percentage of gamers that most want the console to make a comeback or be modernised, the top 10 desired consoles and how much gamers would be willing to pay are:

Console % of gamers that want the console to make a comeback/be modernised The average price gamers are willing to pay
Nintendo DS 61.0% 177.21€
PlayStation 1 60.6% 187.01€
PlayStation 2 57.9% 196.84€
SEGA mega drive 57.0% 172.07€
Nintendo Game Boy 56.8% 165.85€
The Commodore 64 Games System 53.5% 191.28€
Nintendo 64 53.0% 180.85€
Nintendo Game Boy Colour 52.3% 181.70€
Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) 51.8% 188.72€
Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP 51.2%

 

191.05€

Nintendo consoles are leading the way, with six consoles making up the top 10. Taking the top spot is the DS. Released globally between 2004 and 2005, gamers would be willing to spend over 177€ to purchase the handheld console. The PlayStation 1 and 2 make up the top three.

However, considering the consoles that didn’t make the top 10 most desired list, it seems gamers would be willing to spend the most money, overall, on the Xbox One console – 236.45€ to be precise. Over two-fifths (44%) chose this as one of the consoles they’d want to see make a comeback/be modernised, making it the 20th most desired console.

Now we know the most sought-after consoles, looking at the nostalgic games gamers would most love to see make a comeback or be modernised, without further ado, the top 10 gems are:

Game % of gamers that would love to see the game make a comeback/be modernised
Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) 38.0%
Super Mario Kart 64 (1997) 33.4%
Space Invaders (1978) 28.3%
Tetris (1984) 25.8%
Super Mario Bros (1985) 25.3%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992) 24.3%
Donkey Kong (1981) 21.4%
Crash Bandicoot (1996) 20.3%
Tekken (1990) 13.0%
The Legend of Zelda (1986) 12.8%

1991’s Sonic the Hedgehog claims the top spot, with almost two-fifths (38%) of gamers opting for the game. Other classics on the list include Taito’s 1978 Space Invaders, and Tetris, a game focused on finding the best way to arrange coloured blocks – who would’ve thought this would still be as popular today? Nintendo’s 1981 arcade hit, Donkey Kong, is also another classic game that over one in five (21%) players want to see modernised. We can only dream…

For more information on the top consoles and games, head across to: https://hyperoptic.com/blog/the-most-sought-after-nostalgic-consoles-and-games-revealed/

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Microgravity to host MGL Free Fire Battle Royale this December

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Microgravity Ventures Private Limited, a facilitator of world-class gaming hubs and e-sports tournaments in India, today announced the 5th edition of Microgravity Gaming League (MGL) – Free Fire Battle Royale. The company will be hosting this e-sports tournament in partnership with Platinum eSports between 11th and 22nd December. The format of the tournament will be qualifier and invitation based, spread out in 5 phases – qualifiers, phase 1, phase 2, semi-finals and grand finals. Microgravity has announced a total prize pool of Rs. 1 Lakh for the top three teams and exciting gaming vouchers redeemable at their world-class gaming facility in Gurugram for top 5 viewers of the live broadcast. Teams can register from 1st till 10th December and participate in this competitive all-India tournament.

Speaking about the announcement, Mr. Rahul Bhattacharya, Co-Founder and MD, Microgravity said, “We are thrilled to have partnered with Platinum eSports for the 5th edition of MGL  – a Free Fire tournament. This year, we have witnessed immense enthusiasm and curiosity among Indian games for e-sports tournaments. We strongly believe that MGL Free Fire will be a great success and will serve as a platform for gaming enthusiasts to hone their skills. Through these tournaments, we aim to support and promote gamers in India who are exceptionally talented and need support to further enhance their skills. We are also planning to host several such tournaments with new titles going forward that will help players become more polished in their skills.”

A total of 1000 teams can participate in this tournament with 4 players per team along with one substitute. The qualifiers stage will be held in the ‘Bermuda’ map in two phases with 100 groups participating in phase 1 and 30 groups participating in phase 2. Each group will have 10 teams taking part in the tournament. Top 3 teams from Phase 1 and Top 4 teams from Phase 2 of the qualifiers stage will take part in the quarter finals match. A total of 120 teams can take part in the quarter finals match spread in 12 groups of 10/11 players taking part in each group. Top 4 teams will be shortlisted based on the best of 2 matches in ‘Bermuda’ and ‘Purgatory’ map for the semi-finals. During the semi-finals stage, 8 teams were invited to take part in this challenge and a total of 60 teams battled for the finals. Top 2 teams will qualify for finals based on the best of 4 from maps- Bermuda (2), Purgatory, Kalahari. Two additional teams will be invited to take part in the finals and will have a total of 12 teams in this stage. This stage will have only one group with 6 matches happening across maps – Bermuda, Purgatory and Kalahari.

This year, Microgravity has successfully organized two online gaming tournaments which gained significant traction amongst gamers. These tournaments were the MGL FIFA 21 tournament and the MGL Call of Duty: Mobile tournament.

 

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Outplay Entertainment Announces Kitchen Makeover Update to Gordon Ramsay’s Chef Blast

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Outplay Entertainment, the largest independent mobile game developer in the UK, has announced a new update for its culinary mobile puzzle game, Gordon Ramsay’s Chef Blast. The new Kitchen Makeover feature, which is available now, allows users to customise elements of their kitchen via a new tasks and customisation system.

The new feature adds a whole new element to Gordon Ramsay’s Chef Blast, with players inheriting a run-down kitchen at the outset of the game and being met with dirty counters and broken cupboards. On a mission to restore the kitchen to its former glory, players will begin as an amateur chef and be trained by Gordon Ramsay. As players complete levels in the game, they will earn cash which can be used to complete tasks that will replace and upgrade the various elements of their kitchen piece by piece and build the kitchen of their dreams.

A total of 13 different kitchen sets will be available for players to unlock, with each set featuring unique elements across 17 customisation categories, with more kitchens to be added in future updates and special events. Elements that can be updated include kitchen counters, wallpaper, utensils, cabinets and many more.

Gordon Ramsay said: “In this incredible new update to my mobile game, Gordon Ramsay’s Chef Blast, my virtual counterpart helps players explore their creativity to design and customise their very own dream kitchen, while continuing to experience all of the cube matching fun and exclusive real-world recipes they’ve come to enjoy.”

Douglas Hare, CEO of Outplay Entertainment, said: “We’re delighted to announce the new Kitchen Makeover update, giving our players an entirely new gameplay experience and reward system for the first time since launching earlier this year. With limitless makeover options, the introduction of this new feature is the start of an exciting new chapter for Gordon Ramsay’s Chef Blast.”

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