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Modern Warfare 2 is Amazon UK's biggest seller

Modern Warfare 2 is Amazon UK's biggest seller

Mon 14 Oct 2013 11:39am GMT / 7:39am EDT / 4:39am PDT
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Retailer releases chart of top selling games since its launch

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To celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of its launch Amazon UK has revealed its top ten best-selling games, a list which is heavy on the familiar franchises.

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  6. FIFA 10
  7. FIFA 13
  8. FIFA 12
  9. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  10. Zumba Fitness

Grand Theft Auto V makes an appearance despite only launching September 17.

"Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and FIFA are three of the largest entertainment franchises in the world, so it's no surprise to see them dominating the top ten best-selling games chart," said Amazon UK's Ketu Patel.

"The success of Skyrim suggests that there is a real appetite for epic fantasy games, whilst Zumba Fitness's appearance in tenth place shows just how big Nintendo Wii's fanbase is in the UK."

In August Amazon launched its digital games service in the UK, and the company is currently rumoured to be readying an Android console.

9 Comments

Thomas Dolby
Project Manager / Lead Programmer

331 279 0.8
Interesting that the Call of Duty titles are ordered oldest to newest. I wonder if it's purely down to longer shelf time or whether it's more evidence to declining user satisfaction.

Posted:10 months ago

#1

Renaud Charpentier
Lead Designer

64 138 2.2
What about long tail sales of the back catalog?
Especially if this tracks the units and not the value, that would make sense.

Posted:10 months ago

#2

Pete Thompson
Owner / Admin

169 97 0.6
Surprised there's no Battlefield games (BFBC, BFBC2, BF3 etc) on the list given their popularity and the competition between the two franchises (CoD & BF).. I am a fan of both, and buy both when a new title is released, but I do prefer single player to multiplayer on both..

I've never played a FiFA game, purely because I dislike football with a passion (It's not a sport it's a business), but glad to see Skyrim made the list..Zumba's fun, but you can't beat a heavy session on the weights. ;)

Looking forward to another 15 years of Amazon UK..

Posted:10 months ago

#3

Jim Webb
Executive Editor/Community Director

2,246 2,232 1.0
Odd chart given that Zumba Fitness was outsold by 4-5 other Wii titles according to Chart Track.

Posted:10 months ago

#4

James Prendergast
Research Chemist

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@ Jim, but wouldn't that be world-wide? Could just be differences in regional taste.

Posted:10 months ago

#5

Jim Webb
Executive Editor/Community Director

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James, I was referring to just their UK charts. If you take into account world wide, there are almost 20 titles ahead of Zumba Fitness.
And that's to say nothing of the massive hits we saw on the DS too. I can think of 10 DS games that sold better in the UK than did Zumba Fitness.

Maybe Amazon ran a bunch of sales for Zumba Fitness or something. Either way, it doesn't line up very well with other retailer sales data.

Posted:10 months ago

#6

James Prendergast
Research Chemist

735 430 0.6
Jim, one retailer (especially online) compared to physical retailers and an amalgamation service (that only gets info from participating retailers) doesn't necessarily have to match up to agree. I was mistaken in thinking you were referencing the world-wide numbers but the point itself still stands.

I can't see the data because I don't have a Chart Track subscription and don't really want to spend hours trawling through their weekly top ten charts to compile a "relative" chart but if Game sells 20 million copies of game X but Amazon sells zero then they'll be different but the amalgamation service should give a better picture.

Posted:10 months ago

#7

Jim Webb
Executive Editor/Community Director

2,246 2,232 1.0
I fully agree which is why I tried to rationalize why Amazon had Zumba Fitness so much higher than the overall market figures. What really makes it stand out is that the other titles on Amazon's list do fit pretty well with the overall Chart Track figures.

Posted:10 months ago

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