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Electronic Arts is reporting that it has published a third of all PlayStation 4 games sold so far. EA COO Peter Moore used Twitter to break the news, boasting his happiness in the following tweet:
Gamers are speaking...our week 1 estimates show that 1 of every 3 #PS4 games sold is an @EA game! #FIFA14 #Madden25 #BF4 #NeedforSpeed
--- Peter Moore (@petermooreEA) November 19, 2013
This seems like a pretty impressive feat at first glance, but a closer look reveals that this accomplishment may not be as astounding as it sounds. Consider that 11 on-disc launch titles were released with the PS4 last Friday and of those 11 titles, four were published by EA. These titles include Madden 25, FIFA 14, Need for Speed: Rivals, and Battlefield 4. That means that EA published almost half of the physical games ported at launch, making it a much less impressive retail accomplishment in that perspective.
Still, we aren't taking anything away from the company, and it's great for them that they're seeing such solid sales. We also don't know if this pertains to just physical copies of games, or if it includes all of the digital launch titles that also released with the system last week. If the latter is the case, then this is definitely a bigger accomplishment. It's still early to gauge the company's success as there are no software sales numbers as of yet, but we'll keep an eye out for how things progress in the next-generation console wars.