Mega Release Fall Breaks the Bank

Apparently, the video game industry didn’t get the memo that our economy is supposed to be in the tank. Bethesda announced this week that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim sold an estimated 3.5 million units in 24 hours. These figures can be added on top of the other gaudy fall sales numbers:

I too use a little red wagon as a wallet.

  • Modern Warfare 3 grossed $775 million dollars world-wide in five days.
  • Gears of War 3 sold 3 million copies in the first week.
  • Battlefield 3 sold 2 million copies
  • Batman: Arkham City sold a respectable 1.5 million copies during October.

My video game doctorate isn’t in economics, but I will safely estimate that there have been a butt load of software sales this fall. I dare you to check my math.

I am glad to see that there is an aspect of the entertainment industry that is doing historically well during a historically bad economy. I know that typically sales numbers don’t automatically guarantee a quality product, either (Jack & Jill is towards the top of the box office with a 4% on Rotten Tomatoes). We should feel lucky to be given the opportunity to play this many great games – at this rate the industry may have more money than Greece. It goes to show that the current console generation is still doing well and provides a solid reason not to move to the next generation just yet.

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4 Comments Mega Release Fall Breaks the Bank

  1. Drollstevan

    You probably could have mentioned that $400 million of the $775 million CoD MW3 made in the first 5 days were made in the first 24 hours.

  2. Drollstevan

    Also, just for kicks, if MW3 grossed $775 million then that means they probably sold over 12 million copies of the game in five days (closer to 13 million than 12 million)… That means they sold more copies of their game then the other games you mentioned added together. Singularly, the outsold every game mentioned in the first day. At 6.5 million copies sold on the first day they more than doubled the sales of the other games (except Skyrim). I imagine the executives at Infinity Ward and Activision are probably swimming in money like Scrooge McDuck right now.

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