Best-selling video games in South Africa

Physical video games sales are still doing well in South Africa, despite the rise of digital platforms.

This is more true for console games than PC titles however, as the latter have migrated mostly towards platforms like Steam and Origin for a consolidated and cheaper experience.

Physical copies of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One games are still in high demand however, despite the fact that most games need to be downloaded these days, with very little data being stored on the physical disc.

MyBroadband spoke to local online retailers Takealot and Raru about their physical video game sales to determine which titles were the most popular among South African buyers.

Continued demand

The list of best-selling titles from Takealot points to a sustained demand for new releases on console as well as continued interest in firm favourites like GTA V and the FIFA franchise.

Takealot’s list of PC titles comprises fewer new releases however, and reflects the country-wide phenomenon of relatively low demand for physical copies of new PC games.

The same is true for Raru’s best-selling video game rankings, with demand remaining strong for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One games.

Raru director Neil Smith told MyBroadband that not many physical versions of new PC game releases arrive in South Africa anymore.

“Sometimes these new releases would only be available for a very short time period, as in the case of The Division 2 on PC,” Smith said. “Also the PC releases we do see would only be Code in the Box versions.”

He added that there is still a demand for the physical versions of PC games, but said most of Raru’s customers would be looking for the special, deluxe, or collector’s editions of certain games, in addition to any extra pre-order bonuses there might be.

Popular physical PC games in South Africa including the Sims 4 and its expansion packs, Farming Simulator, the Call of Duty franchise, and World of Warcraft.

When it comes to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One titles, South African bestsellers include FIFA 19, Red Dead Redemption 2, Grand Theft Auto V, and Far Cry New Dawn.

Below are the best-selling games in South Africa since the beginning of 2019 to date, according to sales figures from online stores Raru and Takealot,


Takealot

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Rank Title
PC
1 The Sims 4
2 Farming Simulator 19
3 The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs
4 The Sims 4 Get To Work Expansion EP 1
5 Tom Clancys: The Division 2
6 Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4
7 Call of Duty: Ghosts
8 The Sims 4: Get Famous – Expansion Pack
9 The Sims 4 Seasons
Xbox One
1 Red Dead Redemption 2 Standard Edition
2 Forza Horizon 4
3 Minecraft
4 Grand Theft Auto V
5 Far Cry New Dawn
6 Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4
7 Far Cry 5
8 FIFA 19
9 Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure
10 Farming Simulator 19
PlayStation 4
1 Grand Theft Auto V
2 Marvel’s Spider-Man
3 Far Cry New Dawn
4 Far Cry 5
5 Mortal Kombat 11
6 Kingdom Hearts III
7 The Last Of Us
8 The Division 2
9 Fifa 19
10 Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Raru

Raru

Rank Title
PC
1 Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
2 Metro Exodus
3 Quantum Break
4 Battlefield V
5 The Sims 4
6 Rocket League
7 Far Cry New Dawn
8 World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth
9 The Sims 4: City Living
10 Fallout 76
Xbox One
1 Far Cry New Dawn
2 Devil May Cry 5
3 Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
4 Resident Evil 2
5 Kingdom Hearts III – Deluxe Edition
6 Hitman 2
7 Grand Theft Auto V
8 Titanfall 2
9 Red Dead Redemption 2
10 Metro Exodus – Aurora Limited Edition
PlayStation 4
1 Kingdom Hearts III
2 Devil May Cry 5
3 Resident Evil 2
4 Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
5 Far Cry New Dawn
6 Anthem
7 Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
8 Metro Exodus
9 Hitman 2
10 Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

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