EA flaunts FIFA advantage following lacklustre PES 2019 sales

EA flaunts FIFA advantage following lacklustre PES 2019 sales

The FIFA franchise has sold more than 260m copies to date.

That's according to a release from publishing giant EA which boasts of 24m unit sales of the most recent entry - FIFA 18 - so far.

The firm also claims over 13m clubs have been created in its Ultimate Team mode, while the FIFA 18 Global Series attracted more than 20m competitors.

There's also a bunch of mobile-focused stats that you can read about on 

This news comes shortly before FIFA 19's late September release date, and in the wake of less-than-stellar sales for fellow football title Pro Evolution Soccer.

Certainly in the UK, physical sales are down by 42 per cent and Konami's football game wasn't setting the world on fire commercially before.

EA's release also makes reference to the UEFA Champions League appearing in FIFA 19. This license was previously held by Konami but the Japanese publisher parted ways with the football tournament earlier this year.

“For millions of players around the world the FIFA franchise has become more than just a game - it’s as big a part of their football DNA as the teams they love,” FIFA executive producer Aaron McHardy said.

“It has been incredible seeing the passion from our fans at Gamescom, as thousands of players got their hands on FIFA 19 featuring the UEFA Champions League, with hundreds of thousands more seeing the next chapter of Alex Hunter’s journey. Football is a sport that can unite the world through play, and whether it be through console, mobile, competitive gaming or regional experiences like FIFA Online 4 in Asia, we are excited to find more and more ways to connect players to the world’s game.”

PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.