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FIFA 21 digital sales highest ever, exceed FIFA 20 by a third

Published: 10:11, 16 October 2020
FIFA 21, FUT Icon 100, Eric Cantona
FIFA 21, FUT Icon 100, Eric Cantona

After Monday's news about a hefty drop in physical sales of FIFA 21 compared to its predecessor, digital sales are in and perhaps expectedly, it's a hefty increase.

It's well worth saying that the general trend in sales of boxed copies has been undeniably a downward one, with very few games managing to sell as many units as their predecessors. 

From what we've seen thus far, selling 40-50 per cent copies of the preceding game is pretty much the norm, as the gaming industry is slowly but surely moving to digital distribution methods. 

As reported by GamesIndustry, who cited the latest GSD data, FIFA 21's digital sales have been the biggest in the history of the franchise, which very much confirms the trend. In fact, the sales have exceeded those of FIFA 20 by as much as 31 per cent, which is certainly great news for EA. 

Even better is the news that this is the first time a console edition of FIFA has sold more digital than physical copies.

Note that FIFA 21 debuted in first place in UK's physical sales, albeit with a 42 per cent drop in sales. This means that EA are still 11 per cent behind, but one has to take into account the fact that next-gen consoles are yet to launch, which is expected to bring a bump in sales as well.

EA FIFA 21 ultimate team squad build challenge award card Axel Witsel Axel Witsel Flashback SBC in FIFA Ultimate Team 21

GSD's top 10 chart in digital sales is as follows:

  • FIFA 21
  • Star Wars: Squadrons
  • Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time
  • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  • Mafia: Definitive Edition
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • Tom Clancy's The Division 2
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3
  • Far Cry 5

Thanks, GamesIndustry .

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