Citing internal data and external stat trackers, publisher claims sandbox life simulator was best-selling desktop title worldwide last year.
When the NPD Group released its annual US retail sales results for 2009 last week, the stat-tracking firm revealed that PC game sales at brick-and-mortar shops slipped a dramatic 23 percent from 2008 to $538 million. At the top of that chart was Electronic Arts' The Sims 3, which debuted to solid reviews on June 2. Though NPD did not break out sales figures, EA said that the life simulator had sold 3.7 million units globally through June.
Today, EA announced that not only was The Sims 3 the best-selling PC title in the US, but also the rest of the world. The publisher pulled its data from a range of independent industry-tracking sources, including NPD, Chart-track UK, Gfk France, Gfk Spain, Gfk-MCC Germany, as well as its own internal estimates. EA has confirmed for GameSpot that lifetime-to-date sales for The Sims 3 have reached 4.5 million units.
EA noted that The Sims 3's performance in 2009 marks the sixth time during the decade that a Sims title topped the global PC sales charts. The original The Sims accomplished the feat from 2000 to 2003, with The Sims 2 ousting it in 2004. The Sims 2 finished as runner-up on the global PC sales charts in 2005 and 2006.
The publisher has also seen substantial success with The Sims 3 Exchange, an online store populated by content created by users. According to EA, more than 100 million pieces of content have been downloaded through the Exchange since the game launched in June.
The Sims 3 received its first expansion in November 2009 in the form of the well-received World Adventures. A second add-on, The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff, is expected next month. As part of its downward earnings revision last week, the publisher also said that new entries in The Sims franchise would appear on unspecified consoles during its 2011 fiscal year, which runs April 1, 2010 through March 31, 2011.
I thought videogames were a way to escape reality. This is the equivalent of reading a book about the average citizen's work week. Woopty do. Is society becoming so obsessed with voyeurism that this is now the utmost supreme form of entertainment? Grow some balls (ovaries?), grab some binoculars, and go do it the old fashioned way.
@ kikitube if it for (mac) I think you have to wait for the "blockbuster" games such as StarCraft or Diablo. ^^
Well then, there is no accounting for taste is there? I guess that's also why the Wii is so popular. Damn casuals... ruining this country. Why don't they all go pack to CasualLand where they belong?
Article forgets to mention that NPD figures ONLY count sales from bricks and mortar stores. NOT online sales and NOT digital distribution, making whatever number they come up with the most pointless in all of gaming.
Sims 3 needs a new patch asap. The current patch fix bugs but also introduce much more bugs/glitches and mods being unusable.
There isn't sex in sims 3.. they make "whoopy".. and no u dont see it.. they whoopy under the sheats.. if u wanna see that stuff thats what the internets for.. pff losers.. lol
This game still needs 4-5 more expansions to get back up to what players were used to with the Sims 2 content. That will make the cost $50 + $20-30 x 6 = $170-$230, just to get back to what Sims 2 offered. That combined with the Sims Store selling hairstyles and furniture for $1-2 a pop, and I imagine this is going to be EA's main moneymaker for quite a while still.
@grasshopper6 and I've had uncensor from the begging when I go the game, though there isn't much too see like Barby or Ken dolls.
Sims 2 was and still is a great game. I have all the expansions and over 2000 mods installed in it. After seeing what the Sims 3 did in terms of the same exact expansions again and again, I have no interest at all. I'm sticking to the 2nd one
Hahahaha, love the caption and picture. As for the sales.. I think the last brick and mortar I bought for my PC was Joint Operations. The sooner we move on to downloads only the better off are for saving space in our houses/apartments, simplifying our entertainment center/game center operations, and for the environment and it's 50,000 resources it has left. Bricks don't fit into game consoles anyways.
2009 = The Sims 3 2010 = StarCraft II 2011 = Diablo III :) minimal, but very addictive. :D as the (high-end) system. PC "hide" their claws..
@Skargamer, the pc has more games released in the same time period as all the consoles combined. It's the easiest platform to develop for and is the only system this gen to have AAA-quality third party exclusives.
I have to agree with supadave841, I also recently just became a major pc gamer, although ive been playing the sims ever since its release back in 2000 but now. Playing all the latest and greatest hardware and games out there. But always find myself coming back and playing the sims 3 over and over for hours on in.
That's impressive because PC games generally don't sell well. I just became a PC gamer and I love it. Its just that pc games can't be traded in for credit at a local Gamestop because of piracy so that puts a dent on the market for them. But if I hate a game like I did with borderlands, I just sell them through Amazon.
people just dont realize the power the PC has. console fanboys love their consoles and i respect that but you gotta admit the PC is the most powerful system out there. why dont they make a lot of games on it you ask? cuz making a game on a console is easier compared to the PC since you have the same engine running a lot of the games you hve on a console. PC only games are difficult to make because make a PC exclusive will require a lot of work since some people know the power of the PC. bottom line is that sims 3 is a great game, or moreover the sims series, and i applaud the developers for taking a risk and making such an awesome game. sure it doesnt have the best graphics but is an AWEsome PC exclusive. developers should realize this (or maybe they already did) and take advantage of the PC's power...
@firesage423 Don't worry as we all know, The Sims 3 will be bombarded with expansions pack and stuff plus like TS1 and TS2, it's just a matter of time.
thank u kris9031998! sims 2 house and stuff plus the sims 3 world would be better but u couls do so much more in sims 2
I wonder why too. This game has horrible problems!! Saving errors, crashing, no vsync, terrible issues with patches. You need patches to fix the patches and so forth. I admit though, the game could be awesome if it weren't for all the problems. And, at times, admist the problems, it can be fun.
It has been downloaded like 3 million times on Utorrent or something, I read that somewhere. So thats kinda sad, as sad as MW2 being downloaded 5 million times. But its a good thing some people just buy the game, in that way PC gaming isnt that dead, and maybe StarCraft 2 will get alot of sales yay.
There is almost no way to know Pc numbers these days. Until Steam and other services give off online sales numbers these type of articles are pointless. To me Pc is doing just fine when you consider the npd hard dvd game sales numbers and knowing that the PC market has switched to many online download sales. I for one have bought over 9 PC games through direct 2 drive and steam services in 2009 of which will not be counted in any total sales figures.
PC is Dead? PC isn't profitable? "more than 100 million pieces of content have been downloaded through the Exchange since the game launched in June. " I rest my case, your Honor.
this just proves how a game developer can work like a dealer. If you make a game simple to handle and cheap (the sims 1). when it works you pile on add on after add on after...you get the point. years later (YEARS!!!!) you bring out a so called part 3 and everyone pays......really. I"m actually out of cash and borrowing games from mates, if thats not addiction?
Wow! What fantastic sales numbers for the Sims 3!! Imagine how great the sales on this would've been if the bootleg version of it wasn't released a few weeks before the game was available in stores! (FYI - my tongue is FIRMLY in my cheek on this one... if anyone else can remember the pre-launch bootleg hype surrounding this game)
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