Forget them all. FIFA Soccer is the unquestioned king of sports games, and it's not even close. FIFA Soccer 13 sold 7.4 million copies in four weeks. That's more than any other sports game will sell in a whole year. Yes, read that again. Not even Madden can boast that sort of a performance ever. FIFA Soccer 13 is the fastest selling sports game ever and currently perhaps the top selling game of the year of all games.
In a recent interview with IGN, EA Sports head man Andrew Wilson attributed the sales successes of the brand to, "As a team we got together over the last couple of years and said ‘listen, we really need to focus in on what’s important and focus in on what gamers want out of us to ensure our long term health and growth.’ And it’s worked very well for us.”
FIFA 13 is the most wide ranging sports game across the world, it is this worldwide audience that allows the franchise to flourish. The title appeals on the three major gaming continents: America, Europe, and Asia and it does so with a quality experience that offers an accessible yet fun experience. No other sports game has that sort of reach -- and it's why FIFA is the unquestioned worldwide leader in sports gaming.
EA's digital business did well with FIFA as well, with the title earning over $65 million with downloadable content. FIFA Ultimate Team is, of course, the driver of that revenue as the mode is wildly popular among online players.
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