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FIFA 23 boxed launch beats FIFA 22 | UK Physical Charts

After years of decline at retail, EA's football franchise is back to growth

FIFA 23 debuted at the top of the UK physical charts, beating FIFA 22 launch sales.

Sales for this year's instalment have gone up 1.6% compared to 2021, which may sound like a small increase but is significant as it follows two years of serious decline at retail for the FIFA franchise. And the series was already steadily decreasing before that.

Sony's consoles dominated FIFA 23's sales, with 41% of the copies shifted going to the PS5, now the biggest retail platform for the football series, and 30% going to PS4.

The Xbox One represented 17% of all sales, followed by Nintendo's Switch and the Xbox Series, both at 6%. Launch sales for FIFA 23 on Switch were 20% higher than FIFA 22.

FIFA 23's excellent performance of course had a knock-on effect on the UK boxed market as a whole with its revenue up 420% week-on-week.

It was also more than enough to push Splatoon 3 out of the top spot where it had settled for the past three weeks. Nintendo's title charted at No.2 with a slight 14% decline in sales week-on-week.

Meanwhile, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga had a boom in sales last week, growing 252% and climbing from tenth to third place. This growth was particularly significant on PS5, on which 63% of the copies shifted were sold.

Further down the charts, Square Enix's Valkyrie Elysium debuted at No.12 and NIS America's The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero entered the list at No.18.

Here is the GfK UK Boxed Top Ten for the week ending October 1:

Last Week This Week Title
NEW 1 FIFA 23
1 2 Splatoon 3
10 3 Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
2 4 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
4 5 Nintendo Switch Sports
8 6 Horizon Forbidden West
6 7 Minecraft
5 8 Grand Theft Auto V
7 9 Animal Crossing: New Horizons
9 10 Pokémon Legends: Arceus

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Marie Dealessandri joined GamesIndustry.biz in 2019 to head its Academy section. A journalist since 2012, she started in games in 2015 at B2B magazine MCV. She can be found (rarely) tweeting @mariedeal, usually on a loop about Baldur’s Gate and the Dead Cells soundtrack.

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