FIFA 11 breaks records with 2.6 million sales

FIFA 11FIFA 11 has become the fastest selling sports title of all time. Publisher EA has confirmed that 2.6 copies of FIFA 11 were sold worldwide in the mere days that it’s been on sale.  The popularity of FIFA 11 has already grossed EA $150 million in sales.

EA state that other ‘notable accomplishments’ for FIFA 11 since the games release include:

state that other ‘notable accomplishments’ for FIFA 11 since the games release include:

  • FIFA 11 sell-through is estimated to be up 29 percent over last year’s record-breaking launch. FIFA 11 is estimated to have grossed more than $150M at retail.
  • October 1-2 – the first two days after FIFA 11 launched in Europe – was the busiest two-day period for online gaming in EA SPORTS history. Fans registered more than 18.6 million online connected EA SPORTS game sessions overall, including more than 11.3 million of FIFA 11, in that two-day period.
  • FIFA 11 has earned 58 review scores of 90 or better around the world, including perfect marks from Gameblog.fr, Eurogamer Italy, PlayStation Life Style and Match magazine and Official PlayStation Magazine in the UK. GamesMaster Magazine (UK) proclaimed that FIFA 11 is “the best football game ever,” while OPM UK raves FIFA 11 is “as close to footballing perfection as we’ve ever seen in a videogame.”

President of EA Sports, Peter Moore, has lauded the record breaking success of FIFA 11.

“This is a landmark achievement for EA SPORTS – we’ve shattered sales records at retail, critics are praising FIFA 11 as being one of the most authentic and innovative titles ever, and fans are connecting and competing with other gamers around the world and have logged a record number of online connected game sessions.” He said.

Moore also announced that FIFA 11 ‘The Ultimate Team’ DLC, due for release in November, will be free.

“We’re thrilled at how fans embraced FIFA 11 last weekend, and we are excited to be able to offer one of our most popular game modes – FIFA 11 Ultimate Team – for free this November.”

The release of the much anticipated FIFA 11 saw retailers engaging in a price war in order to attract customers, while its success naturally saw FIFA 11 topping the GFK Chart-Track All formats software chart, whilst becoming the third highest selling debut week title in the UK.

If you’re still yet to be convinced by FIFA 11, find out how you can play not only the FIFA 11 demo, but also the PES 2011 demo in this previous Train2Game blog post.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on the success of FIFA 11? Is it good for the games industry? And have you played FIFA 11?

As usual, leave your thoughts here on the Train2Game blog or on the Train2Game forum.

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