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Revealed: The 100 best-selling UK boxed games of 2017

As always, Call of Duty and FIFA dominate. But there are a few surprises, too

Last year, sales of boxed games in the UK stopped declining.

Although the number of physical games sold (23.8m) was 0.4% down over 2016, the revenue figure rose 2.1% to 792m.

This was helped by a stronger Christmas period, with boxed game sales across November and December rising over 5% compared with the year before - driven by a stronger performance of Call of Duty.

The result has helped the games retail marketplace, with UK retailer GAME reporting a more than 5% growth in sales at the end of last year (although that was also boosted by improved console sales).

Now, courtesy of GfK and UKIE, we can reveal the 100 best-selling boxed games that were sold during 2017, and the most successful boxed video game publishers, too.

EA Market Share Slips As Activision Grows

EA accounted for more than 22% of all boxed games sold in 2016, but that fell to 17% in 2017. That was partially due to falling sales of the boxed version of FIFA, but also the under-performance of its key shooter title - Star Wars: Battlefront II (which sold below 2016's Battlefield 1).

Activision clawed back market share year-on-year (up 3.5%), primarily due to strong sales of Call of Duty: WWII (significantly up compared with 2016's Infinite Warfare), but also due to the No.6 game of 2017 - Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy.

Considering the strong success of Switch, it's not surprising to see Nintendo rise from No.4 to No.3 in the publisher rankings (market share up over 3% year-on-year), driven by the success of Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. However, none of these games managed to break into The Top Ten. 1-2 Switch and Splatoon 2 also made the Top 50.

The Top Five publishers accounted for more than 60% of the entire boxed games market, as the market continues to consolidate around the big titles and the major publishers.

Some of the biggest movers in the boxed charts include Capcom - up 8 places thanks to the success of Resident Evil VII (no.19 for the year). Meanwhile, indie boxed publishers Sold Out, Team17 and Maximum Games leapt into the Top 20 publishers in terms of units and value.

Top 20 UK Games Publishers - Units

Last YearThis YearCompany NameSoftware Market share (Units)
11Electronic Arts17%
22Activision Blizzard15.7%
43Nintendo11.3%
34Ubisoft9.8%
65Sony7.9%
76Warner Bros6.9%
57Take-Two6.1%
98Bethesda5.1%
89Microsoft4.9%
1010Square Enix Europe1.9%
1911Capcom1.8%
1212505 Games1.4%
1113Bandai Namco1.4%
1514Codemasters1.2%
1615Sega1.2%
1316Tell-Tale0.7%
2417Team170.6%
3218Sold Out0.6%
1419Konami0.5%
2720Maximum Games0.4%

Top 20 UK Games Publishers - Value

Last YearThis YearCompany NameSoftware Market share (Value)
11Electronic Arts22.2%
22Activision Blizzard18.2%
53Nintendo12.5%
34Ubisoft9.7%
65Sony6.9%
86Warner Bros5.6%
47Take-Two5.1%
98Microsoft3.8%
99Bethesda3.2%
1610Capcom1.7%
1011Square Enix1.6%
1112Bandai Namco1.4%
1213Codemasters1.3%
1814Sega1%
1315505 Games0.7%
3216Sold Out0.7%
1517Konami0.5%
1418TellTale0.5%
2619Team170.4%
New Entry20Studio Wildcard0.4%

FIFA Dominates again, but Call of Duty comes close

FIFA 18 ended the year as the UK's best-selling game - a fact that will come as no surprise to anyone who has followed UK game sales over the past five years.

However, boxed FIFA sales fell year-on-year. Indeed, Call of Duty sales came closer than it has done in a long time to EA's major sports franchise. Call of Duty: WWII has already sold more copies than 2016's Infinite Warfare. In fact, Call of Duty: WWII was the best-selling Xbox One game ahead of FIFA 18.

In terms of exclusive games in the charts, it was dominated by PS4. Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy is at No.6, Gran Turismo Sport at No.8 and Horizon: Zero Dawn at No.10. Horizon: Zero Dawn is also the best-selling new IP of 2017 (in terms of boxed sales, we're sure PlayerUnknown Battleground's would disagree otherwise). The next biggest exclusive was Mario Kart 8 Deluxe at No.11 for Nintendo Switch.

It wasn't a great year for new IP generally. There are 7 new IP in the Top 50 boxed charts, and only 4 of them were released in 2017.

Remarkably, Grand Theft Auto V continues to sell huge numbers, and was the third best-selling boxed game last year - beating Assassin's Creed: Origins and Star Wars Battlefront II. Crash Bandicoot also beat Destiny 2 to become Activision Blizzard's second biggest boxed game of the year (note: Destiny 2 sold strongly digitally).

THE UK TOP 100 BOXED GAMES 2017 (UKIE/GFK)

RankTitlePublisher/Developer
1FIFA 18EA/EA Canada
2Call of Duty: WWIIActivision/Sledgehammer Games
3Grand Theft Auto VRockstar/Rockstar North
4Assassin's Creed OriginsUbisoft/Ubisoft Montreal
5Star Wars Battlefront IIEA/EA DICE
6Crash Bandicoot N.Sane TrilogyActivision/Vicarious Visions
7Destiny 2Activision/Bungie
8Gran Turismo SportSony/Polyphony
9Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: WildlandsUbisoft/Ubisoft France
10Horizon Zero DawnSony/Guerrilla Games
11Mario Kart 8: DeluxeNintendo
12Super Mario OdysseyNintendo
13Forza Horizon 3Microsoft/Playground Games
14The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo
15Call of Duty: Infinite WarfareActivision/Infinity Ward
16LEGO WorldsWarner Bros/TT Games
17FIFA 17EA/EA Canada
18Resident Evil 7: BiohazardCapcom
19Fallout 4Bethesda
20Forza Motorsport 7Microsoft/Turn 10
21Uncharted: The Lost LegacySony/Naughty Dog
22WWE 2K182K/Yukes
23Rocket League505 Games/Psyonix
24Middle-Earth: Shadow of WarWarner Bros
25Mass Effect AndromedaEA/BioWare
26Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6: SiegeUbisoft/Ubisoft Montreal
27Minecraft: Xbox EditionEA/4J studios
28DoomBethesda/id Software
29OverwatchBlizzard
30For HonorUbisoft/Ubisoft Montreal
31Need for Speed PaybackEA/Ghost Games
32Wolfenstein II: The New ColossusBethesda/Machine Games
33Battlefield 1EA/EA Dice
34The Sims 4EA/The Sims Studio
35South Park: The Fractured But WholeUbisoft/Ubisoft San Francisco
36Injustice 2Warner Bros/Netherrealm Studios
37Dishonored 2Bethesda/Arkane Studios
38Minecraft: PlayStation EditionSony/4J Studios
391-2 SwitchNintendo
40Splatoon 2Nintendo
41Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom BattleUbisoft/Ubisoft France
42LEGO City UndercoverWarner Bros/TT Games
43PreyBethesda/Arkane Studios
44PlayerUnknown's BattlegroundsMicrosoft/Bluehole Studio
45PlayStation VR WorldsSony/London Studio
46LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2Warner Bros/TT Games
47Pokemon Ultra SunNintendo/Game Freak
48NBA 2K182K/Visual Concepts
49F1 2017Codemasters/Codemasters Birmingham
50Overwatch: Game Of The Year EditionBlizzard
51Pokemon Ultra MoonNintendo/Game Freak
52The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special EditionBethesda
53Sonic ForcesSega/Sonic Team
54Watch Dogs 2Ubisoft/Ubisoft Montreal
55WWE 2K172K/Yukes
56LEGO Star Wars: The Force AwakensWarner Bros/TT Games
57Just Dance 2018Ubisoft/Ubisoft France
58Mario Kart 7Nintendo
59Sniper Elite 4Sold Out/Rebellion
60Mafia III2K Games/Hangar 13
61Hitman: The Complete First SeasonSquare Enix/IO Interactive
62The LEGO Ninjago Movie VideogameWarner Bros/TT Games
63Dirt 4Codemasters
64New Super Mario Bros 2Nintendo
65Pokemon SunNintendo/Game Freak
66Tekken 7Bandai Namco
67The Evil Within 2Bethesda/Tango Gameworks
68LA NoireRockstar/Virtuos
69LEGO Movie AvengersWarner Bros/TT Games
70Tom Clancy's The DivisionUbisoft/Massive
71Uncharted 4: A Thief's EndSony/Naughty Dog
72SteepUbisoft/Ubisoft France
73Hidden AgendaSony/Supermassive Games
74Gears of War 4Microsoft/The Coalition
75Pro Evolution Soccer 2018Konami
76Knowledge Is PowerSony/Wish Studios
77Just Dance 2017Ubisoft/Ubisoft France
78Ark: Survival EvolvedStudio Wildcard
79MiitopiaNintendo
80Final Fantasy XVSquare Enix
81Wipeout: Omega CollectionSony/Clever Beans and EPOS
82Football Manager 2018Sega/Sports Interactive
83LEGO Jurassic WorldWarner Bros/TT Games
84Pokemon MoonNintendo/Game Freak
85Minecraft: Story Mode - Complete AdventureTelltale Games
86Assassin's Creed: The Ezio CollectionUbisoft/Ubisoft Montreal
87Rayman LegendsUbisoft/Ubisoft France
88Micro Machines: World SeriesCodemasters/Just Add Water
89Mineraft: Story Mode - Season 2Telltale games
90Tomodachi LifeNintendo
91Titanfall 2EA/Respawn
92Star Wars BattlefrontEA/DICE
93Halo Wars 2Microsoft/Creative Assembly
94Super Mario MakerNintendo
95Yooka-LayleeTeam17/Playtonic Games
96FarpointSony/Impulse Gear
97The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt GOTY EditionBandai Namco/CD Projekt Red
98NBA 2K172k/Visual Concepts
99Halo 5: GuardiansMicrosoft/343 Industries
100Persona 5Atlus

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