FIFA games have been one of the best and most reliable EA cash cows for a while now, and judging by FIFA 20's first few weeks - it's far from done. The only newcomer is Codemasters' racing title Grid, which debuted in fifth place.
We can actually vouch for FIFA 19 here, as the game rarely left the UK's top 10 physical sales chart -not a small feat when you consider the slow but steady shift to digital we've been witnessing in the past years.
FIFA 20 started off on a great note as well, lagging behind its predecessor by measly 7 per cent becoming the biggest launch of the year. Again, this doesn't mean much without context, but that's where we come in.
In the past year or so, physical releases have been selling about half of what their predecessors managed, at best. So far the sole exception has been Red Dead Redemption 2 if | recall correctly.
In fact, the only game that could even think of challenging FIFA’s dominance over physical is Rockstar's GTA V, but it would still be a bluff as it spent more time outside the top 10 than EA's racehorse.
Anyway, FIFA 20's sales dipped by 59 per cent on-week, which is pretty great for the third week on the shelves. Ghost Recon: Breakpoint fared similarly and retained second place while Mario Kart 8 Deluxe came in third, thanks to a slight boost followed by Gears 5.
Thanks to some relatively strong performances by the competition, Grid only managed fifth place, but it's still a decent result considering it's a niche game. Minecraft has returned to the top 10 as well. The rest of the physical sales chart is as follows:
- FIFA 20
- Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Gears 5
- The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
- Borderlands 3
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Sea of Thieves