12.11.2019

Biggest-Selling Games Of 2018 Revealed (UK)

The UK’s best-selling physical video games of 2018 have been revealed, with the usual suspects leading the charts. FIFA 19 came out on top, selling just under 1.9m units.

Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 was the second-biggest seller, shifting 1.75m copies, while Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 found its way into 1.2m UK homes, placing it at No.3. Sales monitor GfK Chart-Track says the PS4 exclusive Spider-Man—which finished at No.4 in the overall chart—sold more copies than any other exclusive game in 2018. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (No.5), God of War (No.8), and Forza Horizon 4 (No.9) were the other exclusive games to sell well.

Overall, video games now generate more revenue than any other entertainment medium in the UK. The games market has more than doubled in value since 2007, with a large portion of that growth coming from digital sources such as DLC and microtransactions. Digital sales make up over 80% of the UK games market.

«The games industry has been incredibly effective in taking advantage of the potential of digital technology to offer new and compelling forms of entertainment, said CEO of the Entertainment Retailers Association, Kim Bayley. «Despite being the youngest of our three sectors, it is now by far the biggest.»

Take a look at the top 20 biggest-selling boxed games of 2018 below. Note this table does not include digital sales data, and so should not be considered representative of all UK game sales.

PositionTitleCompanyPhysical Unit Sales
1FIFA 19Electronic Arts1,889,401
2Red Dead Redemption 2Take 21,757,212
3Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4Activision Blizzard1,172,855
4Marvel’s Spider-ManSony Computer Ent.676,621
5Mario Kart 8 DeluxeNintendo458,675
6Far Cry 5Ubisoft434,133
7Crash Bandicoot N. Sane TrilogyActivision Blizzard430,551
8God Of WarSony Computer Ent.399,395
9Forza Horizon 4Microsoft392,960
10FIFA 18Electronic Arts351,788
11Grand Theft Auto VTake 2339,805
12Spyro Reignited TrilogyActivision Blizzard333,725
13Battlefield VElectronic Arts313,100
14Assassin’s Creed OdysseyUbisoft305,937
15Super Smash Bros. UltimateNintendo284,155
16Super Mario OdysseyNintendo240,710
17Call Of Duty: WWIIActivision Blizzard230,576
18Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!Nintendo227,767
19Shadow Of The Tomb RaiderSquare Enix / Microsoft226,125
20Fallout 76Bethesda Softworks218,534
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