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EA and Activision Are UK’s Most Successful Christmas Publishers Since 1984 | Levelup

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Electronic Arts and Activision-Blizzard are 2 of the largest companies in the history of the video game industry and their success has been built over decades, it is not something new or that it happened overnight. While it is true that both companies have had their controversies, the second of them in the middle of a terrible labor scandal, the video games that they have launched and that have led the charts have their place in the past and present and recently information that gives account of cumulative success.

More than 30 years of history attest to the success of EA and Activision-Blizzard

UK analytics firm GfK revealed a list of the best-selling games during the week of Christmas since 1984, considered one of the busiest commercial times. Taking into account historical records, it is concluded that Electronic Arts and Activision are the most successful publishers in this market during Christmas for 37 years since many of their games have achieved the first position in the week of the most important holiday of the year.

In the case of EA, the first record that accounts for a first place is in 1993 with FIFA International Soccer, the first installment of the franchise. From that year on, the soccer simulation IP added success after success during the 1990s and the following years, although there was also room for games such as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Medal of Honor: Rising Sun, Need for Speed: Underground Y Need for Speed: Most Wanted.

EA and Activision rule Christmas – Image: Gamesindustry.biz

Nintendo only has a first place during Christmas in the United Kingdom and it was in 1998

In the case of Activision, its first record with a first place dates back to 1984 with Ghostbusters and after that year, the company did not see a top spot again until 2007 with the launch and success of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. As of that year, the deliveries of the war franchise have been in charge of getting the top positions for the company at Christmas.

This historical record also has interesting information, such as the first places achieved by Sonic the Hedgehog 2 from SEGA in 1992, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time from Nintendo in 1998, Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation of EIDOS in 1999, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Take-Two in 2002 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in 2011.

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