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How many units does a succesful XBLA game sell?

By on September 24, 2009
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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
  • 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)??

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  • 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.