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August 15, 2011 / Ryan Robba

Top 5 Bestselling Publishers of 2011 so far

We often hear people say sales don’t matter in the videogame industry. However, at the end of the day, sales are what make or break videogame developers and publishers, decide whether a franchise will continue to live, or die in the dust, and is ultimately responsible for driving the industry.  So, we have gandered through several sources and sales specialist sites in order to compile a list of 2011’s best-selling publishers so far. Now, without further ado, here goes…

1. Nintendo – 36.8 million games sold












So far in 2011, Nintendo have been the best-selling publisher of the year, managing to sell a whopping 37 million games worldwide.  The majority of these sales have come from games that were not even released this year – with Pokemon Black/White selling just under 7 million units, being Nintendo’s most popular game of 2011 thus far. In second place is Wii Sports Resort, released back in June/July of 2009, which has managed to sell around 3.5 million units this year alone.  Next are Wii Sports, Wii Fit, Mario Kart Wii and Donkey Kong Country Returns, and The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D, which became the 3DS’s second million-seller.  The list of games continues, and all have played their part in securing Nintendo an unmatched position.

2. Electronic Arts – 27.9 million games sold












EA are undoubtedly one of the biggest, if not the biggest third-party developers and publishers in the world – and that trend shows no sign of stopping. The gaming giant has managed to sell just shy of 28 million games this year so far, giving it second place.  Some blockbuster games have helped these sales – notably Dead Space 2 which managed to sell nearly 2.5 million units across all platforms. Strong performances from sporting franchises like FIFA (even versions from previous years) have also aided the mega company stay on top of the competition.

3. Ubisoft – 16.8 million games sold













Ubisoft managed to secure third place on the list with strong performances from their dance games (no pun intended).  Thr original Just dance for the Wii managed to sell another 1.1 million units this year so far, with Just Dance 2 for the Wii being Ubisoft’s best-selling game of the year so far (with 3.1 million units sold). Dragging a little further behind is Michael Jackson: The Experience which sold another 1.2 million units this year. Next up where some of last years core heavy hitters, such as Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood which this year managed to sell another 1.5 million units across all platforms.

4. Activision – 16.6 million games sold












Activision lags just 0.2 million units behind Ubisoft, and currently sits in fourth place (though this is expected to changed by the end of the year when Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 is released). The company has not seen many major hits this year so far, but has rather accumulated sales off of strong games from last year that have maintained momentum – such as Call of Duty: Black Ops, which, even though released last year, managed to sell around 4.5 million units this year so far, across all platforms.

5. Sony Computer Entertainment – 13.2 million games sold












Sony may fall behind Microsoft in terms of first-party home console hardware sales, but when it comes to first-party software it is Sony who is on top (even though they lag well behind Nintendo’s first-party).  Sony Computer Entertainment managed to sell a little over 13 million games this year so far, with their top seller being KillZone 3 which managed to sell 1.9 million units. Further behind was LittleBigPlanet 2 which sold 1.5 million units (a little disappointing compared to the original, but still strong sales).  Further down the hill were Gran Turismo 5 which sold another 1.3 million units this year (even though it came out last year),  and InFamous 2 which managed a little under 1 million units (again, disappointing compared to the original, but still relatively strong sales).


So there you have it, Nintendo sees a slight slump in hardware sales this year, but remain king of the software market. EA sells strong following some major releases, whereas Ubisoft and Activision survive all and well because of the momentum of major hit titles released last year. Sony takes fifth place with a slew of first-party blockbuster games being released and selling relatively well.

Things to note:

These sales DO NOT include digital downloads. The listings may vary considerably if digitally distributed content were included.

These sales DO include bundled sales.

The sales were obtained from sites that specializes in sales estimates (NPD, Metacritic, VGChartz) and should not be considered completely accurate.



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