0
Best selling video games

Best selling video games

Best selling video games – Following a mass shooting in one of its Texas stores, Walmart ($NYSE:WMT) said its stores would remove displays and ads for violent video games. The move was in reaction to critics and pundits relating the sale of violent video games to mass shootings.

Whether this will work is the subject for another story and perhaps another site. But we can look at some objective data here: exactly what games is Walmart selling that could be deemed ‘violent?’

Of the 30 best-selling games at the three retailers (top-10 for each), just 7 were categorized as “Mature” by the ESRB (Entertainment and Software Ratings Bureau). Of those 7, 4 were sold at Walmart, one was sold at GameStop, and two were sold at Amazon.

We took a look at the best-selling games at Walmart, GameStop, and Amazon in the weeks leading up to the tragic shooting at an El Paso Walmart August 2 to understand how many violent videogames are being sold at Walmart (and other places), and how this might affect those games’ product placements moving forward. For context, we also looked at July best-sellers for GameStop and Amazon.

Of the 30 best-selling games at the three retailers (top-10 for each), just 7 were categorized as “Mature” by the ESRB (Entertainment and Software Ratings Bureau). Of those 7, 4 were sold at Walmart, one was sold at GameStop, and two were sold at Amazon.

Walmart July top-10

NameWalmart Sales RankDays RankedESRB Rating
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Activision, PlayStation 4, 0478758785561.0031Mature
NBA 2K17 for PlayStation 46.0031Everyone
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Nintendo, Nintendo Wii U, 0454969041597.0031Everyone 10+
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Nintendo, Nintendo Switch, 0454965904208.0031Everyone 10+
Battlefield 1, Electronic Arts, PlayStation 4, 01463373389110.0031Mature
Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar Games, PlayStation 416.9731Mature
HELLO KITTY PARTY NDS17.9731Everyone
Dying Light: Following Enhanced Edition, WHV Games, Xbox One, 88392953050218.9731Mature
Minecraft Story MODE Season Pass Disc – Xbox 36019.9731Everyone 10+
NBA 2K17, 2K, Xbox One, 71042549772820.9731Everyone

At Walmart.com, four of the store’s ten best-selling video games — including the #1 best-seller — are rated “Mature” by the ESRB. Interestingly, the best-sellers, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, is a 2018 release, but its discount price ($10 as of today) vaulted it to the top of Walmart’s sales ranks. Other mature titles in the top-10 included Battlefield 1, Grand Theft Auto V, and Dying Light, a zombie survival game. This chart can be downloaded as an image below.

GameStop July top-10

NameGameStop Sales RankDays RankedESRB Rating
Fire Emblem: Three Houses13.9031Teen
Madden NFL 2036.2662Everyone
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order37.6531Teen
Pokemon Sword & Pokemon Shield Double Pack53.9431Everyone
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare58.0062Mature
Madden NFL 20 Superstar Edition70.3462Everyone
Madden NFL 20 Ultimate Superstar Edition85.3531Everyone
Pokemon Platinum Version91.5531Everyone
Pokemon Sword92.8731Rating Pending
Pokemon SoulSilver – Game Only95.9031Everyone

At GameStop ($NYSE:GME), a store that specializes only in videogames, only one of the top-10 sellers was rated “Mature”. That one game was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, a game that comes out in October 2019 (GameStop includes pre-orders in its sales ranks).

Amazon July top-10

NameAmazon Sales RankDays RankedESRB Rating
Super Mario Maker 2 – Nintendo Switch16.1932Everyone
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate16.5032Everyone 10+
Fallout 76 – PlayStation 417.8010Mature
Fire Emblem: Three Houses18.8432Teen
Marvel’s Spider-Man – PlayStation 419.3132Teen
The Last of Us Remastered Hits – PlayStation 421.6913Mature
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo Switch24.1932Everyone 10+
Minecraft for PC/Mac [Online Game Code]25.1332Everyone 10+
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo Switch25.9732Everyone
Snk Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy – Nintendo Switch28.502Teen

At Amazon ($NASDAQ:AMZN), two of the top-10 videogame sellers were rated “Mature” by the ESRB. Those included Fallout 76 and The Last of Us Remastered.

What to make of the data

The lists included here are the best-sellers at three of the largest videogame retailers in the world. As such, they represent what was being played by gamers in the past few weeks. As for whether or not 7 out of 30 games is too many – or too little – or if playing violent videogames has the effect some people would hold they do, we can’t answer that. It’s already clear that Walmart has removed signage for violent games, which will likely affect sales. So, given that, perhaps the most important result of this data is yet to come: will there be fewer violent videogames on Walmart’s best-sellers list come next month? We’ll let you know.

About the Data: 

Thinknum tracks companies using information they post online – jobs, social and web traffic, product sales and app ratings – and creates data sets that measure factors like hiring, revenue and foot traffic. Data sets may not be fully comprehensive (they only account for what is available on the web), but they can be used to gauge performance factors like staffing and sales. 

Sources: https://media.thinknum.com/articles/of-the-top-10-videogames-sold-at-walmart-in-july-4-would-be-considered-violent/

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *