Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is close to selling out Vanguard after just two weeks |  European Monthly Chart

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is close to selling out Vanguard after just two weeks | European Monthly Chart

11.9 million video games were sold across Europe last month, led by a resurgent Call of Duty.

The latest GSD data shows that game sales increased by 1.5% compared to last October. 6.84 million games were sold via digital download stores, while the physical retail market was down 13%.

This is partly due to a significant increase in download sales for new titles such as FIFA and Call of Duty.

The Activision Blizzard shooter beat FIFA 23 to No. 1 after just one week on sale. The game’s first week sales were 125% greater than what Call of Duty: Vanguard managed last year.

In fact, Modern Warfare 2 – after just two weeks – is already on the verge of outselling Call of Duty: Vanguard’s lifetime achievement in European markets. Modern Warfare 2 is already the third best-selling game of the year, just behind Ring of Fire.

It may have had to settle for second place, but FIFA 23 also had a strong month, with sales up 4% compared to what FIFA 22 managed in the same period last year.

In fourth place comes another new release in the form of Gotham Knights. The superhero game launched at a similar time as Guardians of the Galaxy did last year. However, Gotham Knight sales are down 13% after two weeks compared to the Marvel game.

Also new to the charts is Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope at No. 5. In tracked markets, the Nintendo Switch exclusive sold 7.5% more copies in its first two weeks than its predecessor, which launched in August 2017 (UK data excluded as 2017 figures are not available).

Number 9 for the month is Victoria 3 from Paradox. It is a sequel to a game from 2010 and has been off to a strong start across Europe.

Elsewhere, A Plague Tale: Requiem is at No. 12. The Focus Home Entertainment game is down 12% from the first two weeks of 2019’s A Plague Tale: Innocence. However, Requiem was included as part of Xbox Game Pass and that information is not available here.

Other new releases in October were Bayonetta 3 (No. 14), NHL 23 (No. 17) plus new versions of Persona 5 Royal (No. 18).

PS5 takes number 1 despite falling sales

367,821 game consoles were sold in the European markets last month, a decrease of 33% compared to the same period of the previous year. This data does not include figures from Germany or the UK, for UK data click here.

In a rare twist, the PS5 was the best-selling console of the month, just ahead of the Nintendo Switch. The Switch suffered a steep decline during October 2021, due to the launch of the Switch OLED model during this period last year.

It is the first time since September 2021 that the Nintendo Switch was not the first console in Europe.

The Xbox Series family of consoles is the only platform to post a year-over-year increase in October, with sales up over 26%.

In terms of accessories, more than 1.18 million add-on products were sold in tracked European markets during the month, down more than 13% compared to October last year.

And finally, almost 1.1 million points cards were sold, which is a decrease of almost 7% compared to October 2021.

European GSD October 2022 Top 20 (Digital + Physical)

Place Title
1 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision Blizzard)
2 FIFA 23 (EA)
3 Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
4 Gotham Knights (Warner Bros)
5 Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope (Ubisoft)
6 Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)
7 Splatoon 3 (Nintendo)*
8 NBA 2K23 (2K game)
9 Victoria 3 (Paradox)
10 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo)*
11 Fallout 4 (Bethesda)
12 A Plague Tale: Requiem (Focus Home Entertainment)
13 F1 22 (EA/Codemasters)
14 Bayonetta 3* (Nintendo)
15 Metro Exodus (Deep Silver)
16 Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo)*
17 NHL 23 (EA)
18 Persona 5 Royal (Sega)
19 Horizon: Forbidden West (Sony)
20 Gran Turismo 7 (Sony)

* Digital data not available

GSD digital data includes games from participating companies sold via Steam, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Nintendo Eshop. Major participating companies are Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Codemasters, Electronic Arts, Embracer Group (including Gearbox, Koch Media, Saber Interactive), Focus Entertainment, Konami, Marvelous Games, Microids, Microsoft (including Bethesda), Milestone, Nacon, Paradox Interactive, Quantic Dream, Sega, Sony, Square Enix, Take-Two, Ubisoft and Warner Bros. Nintendo and 505 Games are the notable absences, along with smaller studios.

Digital data includes games sold in Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal , Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom.

Physical data includes all games, but only those sold in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

Console hardware sales cover Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. The accessory sales cover the same markets, but do not include Switzerland.

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