FIFA 12 has become the best selling sports video game

Screen shot of Fifa 2012
FIFA 2012 sold millions of copies in the UK alone

FIFA 12 has become the biggest selling sports video game ever according to chart company GFK-Chart Track.

It says the game has just held on to its fifth consecutive week at number one, meaning it has had a total of seven weeks at the top spot.

It was released in September 2011 and sold 3.2 million copies around the world in its first week in the shops.

Publisher Electronic Arts says the game sold 2.4 million units in the UK alone last year.

That was 50,000 more copies than FIFA 11 sold during the same period in 2010.

The figures include only so called 'packaged goods' so don't account for smartphone or tablet PC sales.

'Stunning achievement'

Despite selling more copies GFK Chart-Track said FIFA 12 has some way to go to beat a record held by one of its predecessors.

FIFA 98: Road to the World Cup managed 11 consecutive weeks at number one.

Speaking just after the launch of FIFA 12 Executive Vice-President of EA Sports said he hoped the game would continue to sell well beyond its first few weeks in the shops.

"FIFA 12 is a stunning achievement by our team at EA Canada.

"We intend to keep them [the fans] engaged all season long as FIFA 12 follows the heartbeat of the football season".

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