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

During 2012, VGChartz has plans to produce further direct charts for Canada, Spain, Italy, Latin America, Australia and Asia - each new chart will provide more regional insight along with greater Global accuracy.

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Global Top 10 13th September 2014

1 PS4 Destiny 2,265,469
2 XOne Destiny 1,373,498
3 3DS Dairantou Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS 958,317
4 X360 Destiny 543,895
5 PS3 Destiny 371,293
6 PC The Sims 4 167,226
7 PS3 Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution 78,915
8 PS4 NHL 15 70,925
9 PS4 Madden NFL 15 62,375
10 3DS Youkai Watch 2 Ganso/Honke 51,643

Top 10, ranked by number of units sold.