The Straits Times
Published on Oct 04, 2012

EA's Fifa soccer videogame scores record launch


SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - United States (US) videogame titan Electronic Arts (EA) on Wednesday announced that Fifa Soccer 13 scored a sports title launch record by selling more than 4.5 million copies in the five days after its release.

The newest edition of the annual EA Sports franchise had the hottest videogame debut overall this year and was a top-seller in at least 40 countries, according to the Northern California-based company.

The realistic soccer videogame proved especially popular in Britain, where more than 1.23 million copies were bought in the 48 hours after its release on Sept 25, EA reported.

"Fifa Soccer 13 is a critical and commercial success unprecedented in sports entertainment," said EA Sports executive vice-president Andrew Wilson.