EA’s games spent a total of 22 weeks on top of the charts in the UK.
Say what you will about the disappointing releases of 2014 but many publishers including EA, Ubisoft and Activision made out like bandits. In fact, recent data released by Gfk Chart-Track revealed the company that scored the most number of first-ranked games on a week to week basis in 2014 along with those that had the most number of games to dominate the charts.
In the end, it came down to EA which had five top ranked releases (FIFA 15, FIFA 14, Titanfall, EA Sports UFC and The Sims 4) with a cumulative 22 weeks spent at number one. Compare this to Activision which had three top ranked releases with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Destiny but only eight weeks spent at the number one position. Despite the horrible year it faced with its buggy launches, Ubisoft had two top ranked games with Watch Dogs and South Park: The Stick of Truth, spending seven weeks on top.
It’s worth noting that neither Microsoft nor Nintendo had games that debuted in the number one position in all of 2014.