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FIFA 19 Sells an Estimated 4.3 Million Units First Week at Retail

FIFA 19 Sells an Estimated 4.3 Million Units First Week at Retail - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 February 2019 / 21,929 Views

The football simulator game from publisher EA Sports and developers EA Vancouver and EA Romania - FIFA 19 - sold 4,309,405 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 29.

Breaking down the sales by platform, the game sold best on the PlayStation 4 with 3,363,237 units sold (78%), compared to 797,024 units sold on the Xbox One (19%). The game also sold 134,102 units on the Nintendo Switch (3%), 8,429 units on the PlayStation 3 (0%), and 6,613 units on Xbox 360 (0%). 


Breaking down the sales by region, the game sold best in Europe with 3,202,805 units sold (74%), compared to 441,988 units sold in the US (10%) and 71,084 units sold in Japan (2%). Looking more closely at Europe, the game sold an estimated 629,043 units in the UK, 613,744 units in Germany, and 505,911 units in France.

To compare, FIFA 18 sold 5,760,626 units in its first week on sale. First week sales are down 35 percent for FIFA 19. Sales are up for the Nintendo Switch version by 19,697 units, while sales are down for the PlayStation 4 version by 962,197 units, the Xbox One version by 237,939 units, the PlayStation 3 version by 167,344 units, and the Xbox 360 version by 61,502 units.

FIFA 19 released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows PC worldwide on September 28.

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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Marth (on 11 November 2018)

Pretty sure this was the last time we got a version for the old generation.
Nice for the Switch. But there will be no world cup next year to boost the legs of the game. Still should get to a million I think.

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Deadlyplayer (on 12 November 2018)

FIFA 18 launched with 5.9 Millions units sold, FIFA 19 launched with 4.3 Million units sold. It Went down by a noticable margin, that's very good!

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gtotheunit91 Deadlyplayer (on 13 November 2018)

I hope it's not the case, but it is possible that majority of the 1.6 Million fewer sales were digital purchases instead of physical

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jason1637 (on 11 November 2018)

With digital it is probably close to FIFA 18.

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JWeinCom jason1637 (on 12 November 2018)

How exactly did you conclude that? It's not like digital downloads are a new thing. It's possible that digital sales ratio increased, but a 35% shift in one year's time would be a rather huge jump, unless there is some special circumstance I'm unaware of.

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Ka-pi96 jason1637 (on 12 November 2018)

Unlikely. The average digital ratio these days is what, 30-40%? EA have said before that FIFA lags behind the average due to it's popularity in markets where digital isn't that popular so let's assume it had a 25% ratio last year. That means to match last year the digital ratio would have had to have went from 25% last year to 40% this year. That big of an increase in one year is very unlikely. The actual unit sales would have to have doubled too, from 1.44m digital sales last year to 2.89m this year just to match last years total sales. Again, very unlikely.

It's much more likely that it's just down from last year. And a possible reason for that: 2018 was the first time icons were available on the PS4 versions, prior to that they were Xbox exclusive. That could well have given it a boost in sales.

EA also lost the licence to the Russian league this year. I don't know how the game performs in Russia, but that surely would have hit it's popularity there.

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jason1637 jason1637 (on 12 November 2018)

Digital sales increased by 25%.

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Ka-pi96 jason1637 (on 12 November 2018)

Well like I said based on a 25% digital rate last year digital sales would have had to have increased by about 101% to put FIFA 19 on par with 18. So if they only increased by 25% then it's fell way short and has declined year over year.

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