Call Of Duty, Battlefield Top 2016’s Best Selling Titles

by Robert Workman


The Entertainment Software Association has just released its Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry Report, and with it, the top twenty best selling games for the past year. And to no one’s surprise, Activision cleaned house with not one but two Call of Duty games in the top ten list.

Even though the company noted that it didn’t perform as admirably as previously released games in the series, Activision’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare easily took the number one spot on the list, with Call of Duty: Black Ops III, released the previous year, landing in the ninth place spot (mainly due to the popularity of DLC following its initial release).

Other popular franchises in the top ten included Battlefield 1, Grand Theft Auto V, NBA 2K17, FIFA 17 and Minecraft. Overwatch also managed to notch its way into the top ten, proving to be a high-selling franchise for the team at Blizzard.

Here’s the top twenty best-selling list in full:

  1. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  2. Battlefield 1
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Madden NFL 17
  5. NBA 2K17
  6. The Division
  7. Overwatch
  8. Minecraft
  9. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  10. FIFA 17
  11. Pokemon Sun
  12. Pokemon Moon
  13. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  14. Star Wars Battlefront
  15. Final Fantasy XV
  16. Titanfall 2
  17. NBA 2K16
  18. Rainbow Six Siege
  19. Far Cry Primal
  20. Dark Souls

The ESA also broke down which genres performed the best over the previous year. Leading the pack in first place is the Shooter genre, with a 27.5 percent market share. Close behind was Action with 22.5 percent; RPG with 12.9 percent; Sports with 11.7 percent; Adventure at 7.8 percent; Fighting at 5.8 percent; Strategy at 4.3 percent; Racing at 3.3 percent; and “Others” that didn’t fit into these categories at 4.1 percent

There were also influences in terms of the popularity of some games, with the most important element being the quality of the graphics, followed by the price, an interesting story/premise, and online gameplay features. It also noted that the average gamer is around 33 years of age, and 48 percent of U.S. households have a dedicated game console of some kind, based on data gathered from more than 4,000 American households. 

You can learn more from the report at this link.

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.