Only Modern Warfare 3 Beat Skyrim In 2011

Only Modern Warfare 3 Beat Skyrim In 2011

Skyrim was hot on everyone’s lips in 2011, but how well did it perform in the sales department?

In 2011, the only game to make more money than Skyrim was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Modern Warfare 3 aside (the game shattered records, selling more than 6 million copies in its first 24 hours of launch, so we’re not even going to use it for comparison!), no exclusive PS3 or Xbox 360 game sold more copies than Skyrim. Yep, this means the game beat out the likes of Gears of War 3, Uncharted 3, and other games ending in the number “3”. On PC, Skyrim outsold every other title 3:1 in the month of November to become Steam’s fastest-selling game.

Skyrim grossed more money than any other game released in 2011, putting it in second place behind Modern Warfare 3. More than 10 million copies of the game were shipped within the first month of sale.



  • Skyrim hasn’t moved off the top 5 top selling games on steam since release, and will probably stay there for months to come. Its great to see as well, because the game has modding support and is a great game as well.

  • A serious question.

    Do you mean for example that Skyrim PS3 outsold Uncharted 3 or Skyrim PS3/Xbox/PC outsold Uncharted 3?

  • Congratulations to both Call of Duty and Skyrim. Great games and ones I’ll surely be playing throughout this year.

  • “Skyrim grossed more money than any other game released in 2011, putting it in second place behind Modern Warfare 3.”

    That sentence seems rather paradoxical. Are you saying that MW3 wasn’t released in 2011? They were released 3 days apart…

    • I think it was a mistake, but it’s possible for Skyrim to have grossed more money than Modern Warfare 3, but still netted a lot less profit. Development costs on MW3 would have been minimal, and Skyrim was a massive developmental undertaking. Even so, I’m pretty sure MW3 outsold Skyrim thereby grossing and netting more.

      • Yeah, my problem is that there’s never really a mention of classification (profits, revenue aren’t used). The term they use is ‘make more money’, which is extremely ambiguous. I imagine this problem stems from the Eurogamer source material, not Tracey.

  • I haven’t bought (or intend to buy) either…

    I would be interested in knowing how many Australians bought these games from Steam, considering how massively overpriced they are.

    • I never buy the ‘Ozzie Tax’ games off Steam. I either VPN to US/UK proxies if I want it close to release or OS online stores like Zavvi or OzGameShop if I can wait a bit.

      The important bit is I do buy the content, just not at artificially high prices. My YARRR days i left behind in the 90’s

    • Off steam? Yeah, no.
      I avoid steam on the big ticket items as it sucks the donkey for us aussies.

      Ozgameshop for a $45 copy of Skyrim (got my order in late and it was sold out, had to wait for the next shipment. Two weeks after release date. Meh).
      OGS is teh win anyway.

  • I got a copy from JB Hifi…It helps if you know half of the people working there! Wooo! Discounted!

    Also, i just like hardcopy games. Less…Downloading. Ugh. My poor Internet.

    • I’ll tell you what Rayman Origins did wrong – they released in the same month as Super Mario 3D Land and Sonic Generations and that where all the platformer dollars went – you can’t trot ‘Rayman’ out and expect to take on the two gorillas of the platforming genre. Had they waited it might’ve got more traction (hell it still might fingers crossed)

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