UK Chart: World of Warcraft places third

Call of Duty: Black Ops and FIFA 11 fend off World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, which lands at number three.

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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, the third expansion for Blizzard's massively multiplayer online role-playing game, gained third place in the UK chart after launch on December 9. The mighty MMOG failed to dethrone Call of Duty: Black Ops, which holds onto the number one spot, and FIFA 11, which remains at two. It should be noted, though, that the UK charts do not currently include full digital sales data and that Cataclysm was the first World of Warcraft expansion to be released in stores and for download at the same time. Cataclysm is the only new title in the top 10, after a relatively quiet week for releases.

Warcraft. Warcraft never changes.

It's not the first time a Call of Duty title has blocked World of Warcraft from the top spot; the last expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, landed in second place after launching in the same week as Call of Duty: World at War back in 2008. The first World of Warcraft expansion, Burning Crusade, had a clearer path to number one in 2007, launching and topping the UK chart in January of that year.

Blizzard expects the world-changing Cataclysm expansion will bring an influx of new players and returning lapsed players to its 12-million-subscriber MMOG. To accommodate the population surge and address overcrowded servers, Blizzard is offering to waive the usual fee for transferring a character between certain realms until December 22.

[Update: Cataclysm sold 3.3m copies on its first day, making it the fastest selling PC game yet, says Blizzard. By comparison, the last World of Warcraft expansion, 2008's Wrath of the Lich King, shifted 2.8m units in day one sales.]

Top 10 Entertainment Software (All Prices); Week Ending December 11, 2010:

1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision)

2. FIFA 11 (EA Sports)

3. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (Blizzard)

4. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft)

5. Gran Turismo 5 (Sony Computer Ent.)

6. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft)

7. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (EA Games)

8. Donkey Kong Country Returns (Nintendo)

9. Professor Layton and the Lost Future (Nintendo)

10. Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo)

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2010 ELSPA Ltd for the week ending December 11, 2010.

Discussion

18 comments
gudni
gudni

@karloss01 Fifa 11 is on Wii and so is Black ops So its games on all the consoles and PC against a game that is only on PC.

D3thN1gh7
D3thN1gh7

Really kind of a shame the digital downloads are not included. I'm sure Cataclysm would have beat out Call of Duty Black Ops had they done so. Not saying that Black Ops is a bad game by any means, but I don't think it deserves the top spot.

Hillsy_
Hillsy_

I agree with @chimpdaddy, most game shops don't stock many PC games, and if they do they are usually family orientated games now. Good to see a PC game charting well.

xxLordDavidxx
xxLordDavidxx

Honestly: Cataclysm would have been first if it had included digital sales. If you wanted to be one of the first to hit 85 when the expansion hit then your best chance was to get the digital download. And there were a -lot- of people online when the servers turned on the content between 12:00 -> 12:15. Most people I knew got the digital version, and it goes to show that charts like this are misleading, not just for this game, but for all games that have both digital distribution as a sales method and retail.

chimpdaddy
chimpdaddy

this doesnt suprise me in least, the main reason its 3rd, is uk gameshops now have a terrible selection of pc games if at all any, they dont stock anything, the only store that comes close is computer exchange and with the freaks in there id sooner send kim and aggy there. its all digital download this is why people think pc gaming is dead when infact its perfectly fine

PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

not surprising, the uk is pretty small compared to other countries & there are a lot of chavs who like guns & football more than rpg's. im actually suprised gran turismo 5 hasn't done better :lol: WoW ftw next week.

karloss01
karloss01

we if you think of it wow has 11 million players world-wide while the 360 and PS3 easily outnumber them (didn't count wii as i don't know if fifa is one wii) and i'm sure there are more playing fifa and black ops then there is playing wow.

Chickenesta
Chickenesta

Im suprised Warcraft is stuck at 3rd really!

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

FIFA 11 is still up there?! Us Brits love our footie eh :P

blakeney
blakeney

"the UK charts do not currently include full digital sales data, and that Cataclysm was the first World of Warcraft expansion to be released in stores and for download at the same time" To be fair.....i wouldve guessed that most the sales were digital download for this exp....

wazzmalo
wazzmalo

gran rurismo 5 is number 5 D: rlly?

drummerdickens
drummerdickens

Firstly, Call of Duty is unstoppable around this time of year. Secondly, [quote]the UK charts do not currently include full digital sales data, and that Cataclysm was the first World of Warcraft expansion to be released in stores and for download at the same time[/quote] I'm sure it's selling just fine!

blueness
blueness

Hmmm... that's rather lower than I had expected.

ahpuck
ahpuck

what?! that's a bit of a surprise.