EA triumphant in massive month for UK games retail

October 2016 was a blockbuster sales period, with revenue from physical games rising 50 per cent year-on-year according to GfK Entertainment.

90.5m was made from boxed software sales for the month, while 2.4m games were sold – an increase of 41 per cent over October 2015.

EA once again came out on top in the publisher rankings thanks to continued strong sales of FIFA 17, which came out in the last week of September. That’s on top of the launch of Battlefield 1, which has held the No.1 spot in the weekly charts since its October 21st release. The firm was also behind Titanfall 2, which hit shelves last week.

In fact, 42.2 per cent of units shifted during October and 47.5 per cent of software revenue were generated by EA games.

FIFA 17 was the best-selling boxed game of the month, while Battlefield 1 came in second place. Mafia III from 2K landed at No.3, and along with WWE 2K17, helped 2K Games chart second in the publisher ranks.

The PS4 and Xbox One Special Edition version of 2011’s Skyrim, which was only on shelves for two days counted in this chart, came in at fourth place, and caused Bethesda to rise from No.13 to No.4 in the publisher ranks for
the month.

Below is the software Top Ten for the period between October 2nd and October 29th:

1. FIFA 17, EA
2. Battlefield 1, EA
3. Mafia III, 2K Games
4. The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Special Edition, Bethesda
5. Gears of War, Microsoft
6. WWE 2K17, 2K Games
7. Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Edition, Square Enix
8. Forza Horizon 3, Microsoft
9. Titanfall 2, EA
10. Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar

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