'FIFA 14' Sales: Football Title Breaks Record For Most Weeks Atop U.K. Charts With Help Of Xbox One, PS4 Versions
FIFA is one of the biggest franchises in gaming, selling dozens of millions of copies each year worldwide. FIFA 14 has just broken the U.K. sales record for time on top of the sales charts, returning last week to the number one position for the twelfth time.
It's an impressive feat, though it should be noted that the 12 weeks were not consecutive, but total weeks spent topping the U.K. charts according to GfK Chart Track. Titanfall had been holding onto the first position, but slipped into second with just a few hundred less units sold than FIFA 14.
Naturally, the 11-week record was held by another entry in the footballing franchise: FIFA: Road to the World Cup '98. Given the date on the title, that was obviously a pretty old record, which tells you how strong FIFA 14 sales have been.
The title has arguably been helped by being offered on multiple systems. Rather than splintering the fanbase, some people undoubtedly bought the game twice (first on last gen consoles and then upon the game's release to Xbox One and PS4), especially given EA's upgrade program which made it cheap to do so. This may inflate the numbers in a way, especially since people may have traded in the older model for the next gen version, but the sales happened for EA nonetheless.
It will be worth noting how sales continue as the major football league seasons all end in Europe, because the World Cup this summer may be able to keep interest high regardless (or sales of the standalone FIFA World Cup Brazil will receive the increase).