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Christmas number one for Bethesda

Skyrim secures top spot in UK software charts, promotions help boost THQ and EA titles

Strong review scores, a big marketing campaign and a recent price cut that saw prices for the game dropping to below £15 have all helped to secure Bethesda the number one spot on the UK software chart for Christmas.

This is a break in traditions for the charts, which has seen EA or Activision secure the top position since 2003.

Skyrim was secure in the top spot, but the two and three positions were a closer race with family title Just Dance 3 just edging out Modern Warfare 3 to secure Ubisoft i's best Christmas chart position since 2007.

Price cuts have helped boost sales of Saints Row: The Third, and similar offers and new DLC have also helped Battlefield 3 retain its position at number 6.

The only new entry in the top 20 was the Moshi Monsters spin off Moshling Zoo, published on Nintendo DS by Activision.

Last Week This Week Title
1 1 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
3 2 Just Dance 3
2 3 Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
4 4 FIFA 12
8 5 Saints Row: The Third
6 6 Battlefield 3
5 7 Assassin's Creed: Revelations
11 8 Mario & Sonic London 2012 Olympic Games
13 9 Need For Speed: The Run
7 10 Professor Layton And The Spectre's Call
15 11 Batman: Arkham City
10 12 Mario Kart 7
14 13 Forza Motorsport 4
9 14 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
12 15 Super Mario 3D Land
New entry 16 Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo
17 17 Zumba Fitness
16 18 LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5 - 7
Re-Entry 19 Sonic Generations
20 20 ABBA: You Can Dance

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Rachel Weber: Rachel Weber has been with GamesIndustry since 2011 and specialises in news-writing and investigative journalism. She has more than five years of consumer experience, having previously worked for Future Publishing in the UK.
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