The research from price comparison site Uswitch found that the UK ranks 34th out of 207 countries for average download speed.
The news is despite the UK having the sixth largest appetite for gaming in the world according to data firm Knoema, with the country contributing £3.7 billion to the global video game industry last year.
Commenting on the results of the study, Uswitch’s Ernest Doku said: “With the average game download tipping the scales at a hefty 57GB, it was clear to see that many internet connections around the globe struggle to download something of that size in less than 24 hours, including the UK.”
“The UK is 34th in the world when it comes to download speeds, showing that there is clearly room for improvement.”
In March, UK citizens were granted the legal right to “a decent, affordable broadband connection” under the Universal Service Obligation.
A ‘decent’ download speed is defined as being 10 megabits per second (Mbps), with an ‘affordable’ connection being one priced at less than £45 per month.
However, Uswitch’s report found that downloading the average video game (with a file size of 53GB) on a 10Mbps connection would take 11 hours and 47 minutes to download – a speed which is 87% slower than in Taiwan.
The study also revealed that downloading the 100GB game Final Fantasy VII, at the average UK speed of 22.37 Mbps, would take more than 10 hours to complete.
The full list of UK download times for the five most popular video game releases in April are as follows:
- Bleeding Edge (11.8GB) – 1 hour, 12 minutes
- Final Fantasy VII (100GB) – 10 hours, 10 minutes
- Gears Tactics (45GB) – 4 hours, 34 minutes
- Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (41GB) – 4 hours, 10 minutes
- Predator: Hunting Grounds (11.1GB) – 1 hour, 7 minutes
More information about the research can be found on Uswitch’s website.