FIFA 18 Sells an Estimated 5.9 Million Units First Week at Retail

FIFA 18 Sells an Estimated 5.9 Million Units First Week at Retail - Sales

by William D'Angelo, posted on 18 November 2017 / 4,926 Views

The football simulator game from publisher EA Sports and developers EA Vancouver and EA Romania - FIFA 18 - sold 5,899,532 units first week at retail, according to our estimates. First week sales can be viewed on the VGChartz Global Weekly Chart for the week ending September 30.

Breaking down the sales by platform, the game sold best on the PlayStation 4 with 4,394,107 units sold (74%), compared to 1,111,813 units sold on the Xbox One (19%). The game also sold 175,773 units on the PlayStation 3 (3%), 107,788 units on the Nintendo Switch (2%), 68,115 units on the Xbox 360 (1%), and 40,936 units on Windows PC (1%). 

 

Breaking down the sales by region, the game sold best in Europe with 4,593,403 units sold (78%), compared to 450,844 units sold in the US (8%) and 71,084 units sold in Japan (2%). Looking more closely at Europe, the game sold an estimated 831,421 units in the UK, 1,007,997 units in Germany, and 692,069 units in France.

FIFA 18 released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows PC worldwide on September 29.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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15 Comments

Peh (on 18 November 2017)

So that's why EA releases this gsme annualy. It's a cash cow.


Flilix (on 18 November 2017)

Their sports games are by far the laziest cash cows in all of gaming.


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AngryLittleAlchemist (on 18 November 2017)

PEEP you're trying to hard.


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leyendax69 (on 19 November 2017)

I mean pokemon is also a cash cow but that has nothing to do here PEEPeronni :v


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dark_gh0st_b0y (on 18 November 2017)

is this the biggest cash print in gaming yet? sometimes I think of FIFA more a football simulator instead of a video game, and the majority of people who buy it are not big fans of video games at all, but mostly football fanatics, just sayin


Ggordon (on 18 November 2017)

Yet again And people ask for innovation in gaming LMAO


Ljink96 (on 18 November 2017)

Wow, does any other game sell like this FW, besides COD? This is insane!


Ka-pi96 (on 18 November 2017)

GTA too!
I wonder if RDR 2 will be able to pull numbers like that 1st week though.


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Rab (on 19 November 2017)

wow nice number on Switch considering it's small base


Oneeee-Chan!!! (on 18 November 2017)

It prints money !!!


poroporo (on 18 November 2017)

That's a lot of units for a single week.


jason1637 (on 18 November 2017)

With digital this number is probably way larger. Great game!


Ka-pi96 (on 18 November 2017)

Probably around 20-25% or so digital. EA have said before it lags behind the average digital game ratio due to its popularity in areas where digital isn't really that big yet.


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Slownenberg (on 19 November 2017)

Solid Switch numbers considering the low install base and Fifa's main territory by a vast margin is Europe, which is where Switch is weakest. Next year's Fifa should easily sell in the millions lifetime on Switch. Also, just got back into gaming this year because of the Switch, after not paying attention for 6 years or so. And oh my god FIFA has gotten so popular! I can't believe how well this game sells now. Incredible how many people will buy the exact same sports game over and over every year. I don't understand that mentality. When I used to actually buy sports games back in the day one game per sport per generation was enough. Though I guess there are probably a few million people in the world who primarily buy video game systems just to play sports games, and in Europe all of these people buy Fifa every year.


deskpro2k3 (on 19 November 2017)

epic sales, and I haven't seen a single ad for FIFA18. really impressive.


SecondWar (on 19 November 2017)

Ive seen plenty, one with the real life Ronaldo copying a trick from his ingame counterpart


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leyendax69 (on 19 November 2017)

Fifa and football don't really need ads, people expect them every year like they do for christmas hahah


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Gamer147 (on 18 November 2017)

Interesting to see that it’s selling decent on Switch. EA may be pleased after several weeks.


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Gourmet (on 18 November 2017)

Over 100k for a lazy port is pretty awesome.


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PhatChips (on 18 November 2017)

The PS3 version is basically a roster update and it sells better than the Switch version. I don't see EA supporting the Switch that much with those kind of sales. Not that it matters really. Switch will be fine without EA games.


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KLAMarine (on 18 November 2017)

Considering how few Switch units have sold versus PS3, I think it's a good number. I'm expecting the next FIFA on Switch, if there is one, to just be a roster update.


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Zekkyou (on 19 November 2017)

@KLAMarine Regardless to how good or bad FIFA has done on the Switch, using install base as proof for either position is silly. The average PS3 has been in the wild for a long time now, and its direct successor has been on the market for almost 4 years. The PS4 has also sold less than the PS3 so far, yet the PS4 version of FIFA18 sold 25~ times more. That alone should highlight how pointless a reference point install base has become for the PS3.


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PhatChips (on 19 November 2017)

Suck my tiny asian dick, nintendo fanboys


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JWeinCom (on 19 November 2017)

Based on comparisons to FW sales on Wii U, Vita, and other newish systems that are part of a secondary market (for FIFA that is), Switch version is doing well. If the numbers are accurate, it should pretty easily pass a million.

I would imagine that EA is contractually obligated by FIFA to put out the game on any platform that is considered viable for it (pretty sure that's the case with Madden). If the game hits a million, it may also be enough to justify other sports titles on the platform.


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KLAMarine (on 19 November 2017)

@Zekkyou

We should still be able to do a bit of math: fifa units sold / platform adoption numbers. I'm gonna speculate that the switch version did much better than the ps3 and 360 versions in this regard. Based on this, I'm guessing there will be a fifa 19 on switch and as switch adoption increases so too will fifa sales...

@PhatChips

"Suck my tiny asian dick, nintendo fanboys"

Charming.


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SecondWar (on 19 November 2017)

And imagine how much they get in microtransactions from this title alone :/


pastro243 (on 19 November 2017)

FIFA 14 sold 3.42 on ps4 with a "small install base", selling +600k on 3 weeks


ZODIARKrebirth (on 19 November 2017)

amazing numbers, would like to see such numbers on other ip's too that deserves it


cliffhanger (on 18 November 2017)

So sad :(