Forums - Sales Discussion - 10 Million Copies Of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Shipped

Tagged games:

Sales and Numerous ‘Game of the Year’ Awards Underscore Worldwide Popularity

ZeniMax has announced that 10 million units of Bethesda Softworks’ The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim have been shipped for the Xbox 360 video game entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, and PC, representing approximately $650 million in retail sales since its release on November 11. The PC version of Skyrim in North America outsold all other PC games by a factor of over three to one in the month of its release. Large retail reorders across all platforms and record-breaking digital sales reflect the ongoing global demand by consumers excited to explore this extraordinary fantasy epic.

Bethesda Softworks’ Skyrim has already garnered over two dozen ‘Game of the Year’ awards from major outlets worldwide, including winning the top honor of Game of the Year at the 2011 Video Game Awards which are voted on by a panel of editors from the industry’s most respected magazines and websites. In addition, Skyrim has received ‘Game of the Year’ awards from numerous other game critics, which, to date include such respected media outlets as G4TV, Official Xbox Magazine and Skyrim was named ‘Most -Played Game of 2011’ by Raptr, based on research data which confirms its highly popular gameplay experience. 

Robert Altman, Chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media remarks,

"We are gratified that Skyrim continues to garner high review scores and accolades around the world. 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."

Jason Holtman, Director of Business Development at Valve adds,

"Skyrim is the fastest selling title in Steam's history. 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."

Skyrim Is the third consecutive game developed by the team at Bethesda Game Studios to earn ‘Game of the Year’ honors.  Bethesda Game Studios, which was named ‘Studio of the Year’ at the 2011 Video Game Awards, also created the 2006 ‘Game of the Year’, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion®, and the 2008 ‘Game of the Year’, Fallout 3.


To date, Skyrim has received well over 200 perfect review scores worldwide, earning the highest praise from some of the industry’s most influential critics including: USA Today, G4TV, The New York Times, GameSpy, Wired, Eurogamer, Destructoid, GamePro, Official Xbox Magazine, Joystiq, The Guardian, Famitsu and GamesRadar. G4TV describes Skyrim as “one of the greatest games ever” and Eurogamer was one of many outlets to call it a “masterpiece.“masterpiece.

@TheVoxelman on twitter

Check out my hype threads: Cyberpunk, and The Witcher 3!

Around the Network
A sale for every bug found.


Skyrim is fast approaching battlefield 3 numbers. I think it could pass battlefield 3 by the end of the year, though not in vgchartz for a while since it doesn't track digital sales.

Carl2291 said:
A sale for every bug found.

According to the unofficial bug list it's ~40,000 sales per bug found

@TheVoxelman on twitter

Check out my hype threads: Cyberpunk, and The Witcher 3!

Wow I didn't realize that Skyrim already has over 24 GOTY awards, the game deserves every one of those.

10 million shipped is a very impressive amount. Also if the Steam sales of Skyrim are the fastest selling ever then I would guess it's well over a million by now, probably even closer to 2 million.

Usually when I find bugs in a game they make the game more fun! Just something extra to play with. Like a bunch of the glitches that are on cheat sites are mostly probably wrong now since the last patch. Should people even post glitches anymore in this day and age with patches out there?

Great sales! That was really fast!

    The NINTENDO PACT 2015[2016  Vgchartz Wii U Achievement League! - Sign up now!                      My T.E.C.H'aracter

Amazing achievement, wonder where it'll top out lifetime, and if it'll beat Battlefield 3


Skyrim will sell 15 million copies lifetime

Seece said:
Amazing achievement, wonder where it'll top out lifetime, and if it'll beat Battlefield 3

If the current sales keep up Skyrim could outsell Battlefield 3 in 2 more weeks of sales.


Around the Network
How many out of the 10 million shipped has it sold?