VGChartz Methodology

Data-Collection Methodology

All sales estimates on VGChartz are arrived at via a number of proprietrary and ever-developing methods:

  • Passively polling end users to find out what games they are currently purchasing and playing
  • Polling retail partners to find out what games and hardware they are selling
  • Using statistical trend fitting and historical data for similar games
  • Studying resell prices to determine consumer demand and inventory levels
  • Consulting with publishers and manufacturers to find out how many units they are introducing into the channel

All data is regularly checked against manufacturer shipments and data released publicly from other tracking firms to ensure accuracy. VGChartz holds no responsibility for the use of our data � any business decisions made are made at your own risk.

Regional Definitions

Data is directly estimated in the following countries on a weekly basis for around 5000 SKUs using the methodology outlined above:

  • USA
  • UK
  • Germany
  • France
  • Japan

Collectively, we estimate that total retail game sales in these 5 countries account for around 70% of the Global market. The raw data collected in these five regions are used to produce two extrapolated charts:

  • Europe - UK + Germany + France extrapolated to represent the European Totals
  • Global - USA + Europe + Japan extrapolated to represent the Global Totals

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Global Top 10 03rd September 2016

1 PC World of Warcraft: Legion 208,597
2 PS4 Madden NFL 17 196,153
3 XOne Madden NFL 17 127,900
4 PS4 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 56,445
5 PS4 No Man's Sky 50,396
6 PS4 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End 49,328
7 PS4 Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 46,227
8 PS4 Grand Theft Auto V 41,197
9 3DS Pokemon Omega Ruby/Pokemon Alpha Sapphire 39,796
10 PS4 Overwatch 39,647

Top 10, ranked by number of units sold.