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Battlefield 1943 becomes fastest-selling download game to date

Hits sales of over 600,000 and online kills of 43 million

Battlefield 1943 has been downloaded over 600,000 times since its July 8 release, making it the fastest selling day one and week one download-only game on Xbox Live to date.

EA DICE announced the figures today, confirming the game is now the fastest selling worldwide on Xbox Live, and the fastest selling in North America on the PlayStation Network.

"We are honoured by the reception that the game has received so far," said Gordon Van Dyke, the game's producer. "Watching and participating in this non-stop multiplayer action has been a real treat for us and we can't believe how fast our fans reached 43 million kills. We can now truly say that we have set a new standard for what can be done in the downloadable games category and gamers recognize the endless value that Battlefield 1943 provides for just USD 15."

Less than 24 hours after the game's release EA was forced to double server capacity to cope with demand and, after just one day, five million in-game kills had taken place.

The game allows up to 24 players on one of its four classic maps at any one time.

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Kath Brice