Call of Duty: Black Ops has been crowned the UK’s official Christmas number one video game as it continues to top all-format gaming charts six weeks after its official launch.
Having recorded more than 3 million UK sales since hitting stores the dominant first person shooter has already racked up in excess of £100 million in the UK alone, becoming only the third game to surpass the vastly profitable milestone, following in the footsteps of its predecessor Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and the Nintendo based Wii Fit.
EA’s offerings of FIFA 11 and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit have rounded out the festive top three whilst the long awaited Gran Turismo 5 continues to slip down the all format charts taking up sixth spot for the Christmas weekend behind Just Dance 2 and Assassins Creed: Brotherhood in fourth and fifth respectively.
Speaking on the surge in video game sales ahead of the Christmas period, Director General of the UKIE All Format Top 40, Michael Rawlinson said: “With over 11m video games sold in the last four weeks in the UK, generating over £290m, they are clearly the gift of choice this Christmas, showing once again that the interactive entertainment industry is the UK’s leading creative industry.”
He added: "The Christmas chart also demonstrates the variety of choice on offer for consumers; there really is something for everyone.”