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FIFA 21 debuts in first place in UK, but boxed sales falter

Published: 14:21, 12 October 2020
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To have FIFA 21 debut in first place in UK's physical sales chart is far from unexpected - in fact, it's traditionally one of the best performing games.

To be fair though, that didn't stop EA from flogging enough boxed copies to become the biggest launch of the year. FIFA 21 is immensely popular in the UK, and it doesn't seem like its popularity is about to wane anytime soon.

That said, if you needed proof that even the most resilient boxed titles have started giving way to digital distribution methods, then look no further than FIFA 21. EA's sales were 42 per cent lower than those of FIFA 20, but there's a visible trend here. 

Namely, when it comes to retail, franchises that managed to move as many boxes as their predecessors are few and far between. In fact, selling half of what the earlier game managed is considered pretty great, as digital distribution is generally preferred in just about every scenario bar perhaps the collectors' angle. 

Thankfully, EA's got the first two spots nailed, as Star Wars: Squadrons managed to snag second place. Its sales dropped by 55 per cent but it still held on.

In order to make way for FIFA 21, Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time relinquished the throne and dropped to third place, after a 58 per cent decrease in sales. 

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You can check out the full list below, but bear in mind these are merely physical sales - digital ones would likely skew the chart significantly.

  • FIFA 21
  • Star Wars: Squadrons
  • Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Super Mario 3D All-Stars
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Minecraft (Switch)
  • Minecraft (Dungeons)
  • Marvel's Avengers
  • Ring Fit Adventure

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