Superbly Successful Skyrim

Superbly Successful Skyrim

Not a bad year for Bethesda and Skyrim. It’s only sold 10 million copies, won a slew of awards including game of the year and has a ridiculous amount of high review scores. 

Yep, Skyrim hasn’t done half badly for itself.  The ten million sales equate to approx $650 million, while the PC version of Skyrim in North America apparently sold much more than close competitors and ended up selling three to one in terms of ratios.

As well as that, Skyrim has also gained the Game of the Year award from the VGA’s, been named as the ‘Most Played Game of 2011’ on gaming social network Raptr and has recently sky-rocketed to the top of the charts, finally usurping Modern Warfare 3

“We are gratified that Skyrim continues to garner high review scores and accolades around the world,” said Robert Altman, Chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media. “We are most grateful to our fans for their support and enthusiasm for the game, and their love of the hundreds of hours of gameplay it offers. We continue to strive to deliver the highest quality entertainment experience for everyone. 2012 will be another huge year for our fans, with the release of the Creation Kit, as well as exciting DLC which will add to the richness of this epic adventure.”

“Skyrim is the fastest selling title in Steam’s history” said Jason Holtman, Director of Business Development at Valve Corporation. “Bethesda’s commitment to and understanding of the PC as a gaming platform shows in the great review scores, spectacular launch, and continued high player numbers that Skyrim has received.  We are delighted that Bethesda chose to use Steamworks to support Skyrim both at retail and digitally.”

Of course, not everything about the Skyrim experience is quite so stellar, as the game has been relatively crippled by a number of bugs since it came out. In a game of this size it’s not to be unexpected, but I still find it quite amazing that such a broken title is enjoying such success. Actually what am I saying – would it truly be a Bethesda game without bizarre glitches? Of course not!

Long live Skyrim, and congrats to Bethesda and ZeniMax on their success. Bet they’re having one hell of a Christmas party.

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