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How many units does a succesful XBLA game sell?

By on September 24, 2009

Some recent and useful statistics (via GamaSutra):

RedLynx’s motorcycle game Trial HD has been a great success

“Barely a month since its launch, Trials HD has surpassed 300,000 sold units and the sales continue to ride on”

- Red Lynx press release

GamaSutra adds that XBLA exploration platforming game Shadow Complex sold 200,000 in its first week.

About Nicholas Lovell

Nicholas is the founder of Gamesbrief, a blog dedicated to the business of games. It aims to be informative, authoritative and above all helpful to developers grappling with business strategy. He is the author of a growing list of books about making money in the games industry and other digital media, including How to Publish a Game and Design Rules for Free-to-Play Games, and Penguin-published title The Curve: thecurveonline.com
  • deftangel

    EA said at Gamescom Battlefield:1943 had been downloaded 1m times (they weren't specific on trials/full versions) after it had sold 600,000 on XBLA/PSN in 2 weeks. It's continued to do well since. I'd wager it'll end up north of 500,000 on the former quite comfortably.

    Not sure if anyone has broken 1m+ without aggravating factors (i.e. Microsoft gave away UNO with accessories, Texas Hold 'Em was free for a while) but I'm sure some have come close.

  • deftangel

    EA said at Gamescom Battlefield:1943 had been downloaded 1m times (they weren't specific on trials/full versions) after it had sold 600,000 on XBLA/PSN in 2 weeks. It's continued to do well since. I'd wager it'll end up north of 500,000 on the former quite comfortably.

    Not sure if anyone has broken 1m+ without aggravating factors (i.e. Microsoft gave away UNO with accessories, Texas Hold 'Em was free for a while) but I'm sure some have come close.

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  • Anonymous

    It was amazing that Shadow complex sold 2,00,000 units in its first week.. Really outstanding sounds and sales still ride on…!!! I am curious to know that how many units does XBLA games sell during this year(till last month)??