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.

More Data / Contact

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Global Top 10 03rd January 2015

1 PS4 Grand Theft Auto V 311,560
2 3DS Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire 294,548
3 PS4 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 225,424
4 3DS Youkai Watch 2 Shinuchi 202,583
5 3DS Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS 172,220
6 WiiU Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 168,140
7 XOne Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 154,878
8 PS4 Assassin's Creed: Unity 148,168
9 XOne Assassin's Creed: Unity 139,246
10 PS4 FIFA 15 134,696

Top 10, ranked by number of units sold.