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This is a list of PC games (including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux) that have sold or shipped at least one million copies.

Sales from digital distribution outlets such as Steam are not taken into account. Subscription figures for massively multiplayer online games such as World of Warcraft or Lineage are also not taken into account as they do not necessarily correspond to sales.

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PC games for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux platforms that have sold or shipped at least one million copies
Title Total copies sold Sales breakdown Series Release date Genre Developer Publisher
The Sims 2 20 million[1] N/A The Sims September 14, 2004 Simulation Maxis Electronic Arts
The Sims 16 million[2] N/A The Sims February 4, 2000 Simulation Maxis Electronic Arts
Minecraft 14.8 million[3] N/A Minecraft May 17, 2009[n 1] Sandbox, Adventure/Survival, Construction Mojang Mojang
World of Warcraft 14 million[6] [n 2] N/A World of Warcraft Nov 23, 2004 Fantasy, MMORPG Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment
Diablo III 12 million[7] [n 3] N/A Diablo May 15, 2012 Action RPG, hack and slash dungeon crawl Blizzard Entertainment Activision Blizzard
Half-Life 2 12 million[8] N/A Half-Life November 16, 2004 First-person shooter Valve corporation Valve Corporation (digital distribution)
Sierra Entertainment (retail)
Battlefield 2 11 million[9] N/A Battlefield June 21, 2005 Squad-based first-person shooter Digital Illusions CE (DICE) EA Games
StarCraft 11 million[10] N/A StarCraft March 31, 1998 Real-time strategy Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment
The Sims 3 10 million[11] N/A The Sims June 2, 2009 Simulation The Sims Studio Electronic Arts
Half-Life 9.3 million[12][13] N/A Half-Life November 19, 1998 First-person shooter Valve corporation Sierra Entertainment
Guild Wars 6.5 million 6.5 million in North America, Europe and Asia[14] Guild Wars April 28, 2005 Competitive online RPG ArenaNet NCsoft
Myst 6 million[15] N/A Myst September 24, 1993 Graphic adventure, puzzle Cyan Brøderbund
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty 6 million[16] N/A StarCraft July 27, 2010 Real-time strategy Blizzard Entertainment Activision Blizzard
SimCity 3000 (including re-release versions) 5 million[17] N/A SimCity January 31, 1999 Simulation Maxis Electronic Arts


Riven 4.5 million[18] N/A Myst October 29, 1997 Graphic adventure Cyan Worlds Red Orb Entertainment
Counter-Strike 4.2 million[12][13] N/A Counter-Strike June 19, 1999 First-person shooter Valve Corporation
Turtle Rock Studios (XBox)
Valve Corporation
Microsoft Game Studios (Xbox)
Sierra Studios (former)
Cossacks: European Wars 4 million[19] N/A Cossacks April 24, 2001 Real-time strategy GSC Game World Strategy First
cdv Software Entertainment (re-release)
Diablo II 4 million[20] N/A Diablo June 29, 2000 Action RPG, hack and slash Blizzard North Blizzard Entertainment
Populous 4 million[21][22] N/A Populous June 5, 1989 Real-time strategy, God game Bullfrog Productions Electronic Arts
Portal 2 4 million[23] N/A Portal April 19, 2011 Puzzle-platform game Valve Corporation Valve Corporation
RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 million 4 million in North America[24] RollerCoaster Tycoon March 31, 1999 Construction and management simulation Chris Sawyer MicroProse Software
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War (including expansions) 4 million[25] N/A Warhammer September 20, 2004 Real-time strategy Relic Entertainment THQ
Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? 4 million[26] N/A Carmen Sandiego June 1, 1985 Educational, strategy Brøderbund Software Brøderbund Software
Doom 3 3.5 million[27] N/A Doom August 3, 2004 First-person shooter, survival horror id Software Activision
EverQuest 3.5 million[28] N/A EverQuest March 16, 1999 MMORPG Sony Online Entertainment Sony Online Entertainment
Garry's Mod 3.5 million[29] N/A N/A December 24, 2004 Sandbox Facepunch Studios Valve Software
Guild Wars 2 3.5 million[30] N/A Guild Wars August 28, 2012 MMORPG ArenaNet NCsoft
Theme Park 3.5 million[22] N/A Theme Park 1994 CMS Bullfrog Productions Electronic Arts
Age of Empires 3 million[31] N/A Age of Empires October 15, 1997 Real-time strategy Ensemble Studios Microsoft
Civilization IV 3 million[32] N/A Civilization October 25, 2005 Turn-based strategy, 4X Firaxis Games 2K Games & Aspyr
Command & Conquer 3 million[33] N/A Command & Conquer August 31, 1995 Real-time strategy Westwood Studios Virgin Interactive
Electronic Arts (since 1998; also freeware release)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 million[34] N/A Command & Conquer October 31, 1996 Real-time strategy Westwood Studios Virgin Interactive
Crysis 3 million[35] N/A Crysis November 13, 2007 First-person shooter Crytek Frankfurt Electronic Arts
Terraria 3 million[36] N/A N/A May 16, 2011 Action-adventure Re-Logic Re-Logic
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos 3 million,[37][38] 4.4 million shipped[39] N/A Warcraft July 3, 2002 Real-time strategy Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment (North America)
Sierra Entertainment (Europe)
Capcom (Japan)
Counter-Strike: Condition Zero 2.9 million[12][13] N/A Counter-Strike March 23, 2004 First-person shooter Valve Corporation
Gearbox Software
Ritual Entertainment
Turtle Rock Studios
Valve Corporation
Doom 2.9 million[40] N/A Doom December 10, 1993 First-person shooter id Software id Software
Age of Empires III 2.5 million[41] N/A Age of Empires October 18, 2005 Real-time strategy Ensemble Studios Microsoft
Anno 1503 2.5 million[42] N/A Anno March 23, 2003 Real-time strategy, city-building game Max Design Sunflowers
Anno 1602 2.5 million[43] N/A Anno September 24, 1998 Real-time strategy, city-building game Max Design Sunflowers
Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars 2.5 million[44] N/A Cossacks April 15, 2005 Real-time strategy GSC Game World CDV Software
Diablo 2.5 million[20] N/A Diablo December 31, 1996 Action RPG, hack and slash, dark fantasy Blizzard North Blizzard Entertainment (North America)
Ubisoft (Europe)
Far Cry 2.5 million[35] N/A Far Cry March 23, 2004 First-person shooter Crytek Ubisoft
Battlefield 1942 2.4 million[45] N/A Battlefield September 10, 2002 First-person shooter DICE Electronic Arts
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings 2.2 million[46] N/A The Witcher May 17, 2011 Action RPG, hack and slash CD Projekt RED CD Projekt (Poland)
Atari, Inc (North America)
Namco Bandai Games (Europe & Australia)
Counter-Strike: Source 2.1 million[12][13] N/A Counter-Strike November 1, 2004 First-person shooter Valve Corporation Valve Corporation
The Witcher 2.1 million[47] N/A The Witcher October 26, 2007 Action RPG, hack and slash CD Projekt RED Atari, Inc
The 7th Guest 2 million[48] N/A The 7th Guest January 1, 1993 Interactive movie, puzzle adventure Trilobyte Virgin Interactive
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 2 million[49] N/A Age of Empires September 30, 1999 Real-time strategy Ensemble Studios Microsoft
Baldur's Gate 2 million[50] N/A Baldur's Gate November 30, 1998 Role-playing game BioWare Black Isle Studios
Interplay Entertainment
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn 2 million[50] N/A Baldur's Gate September 24, 2000 Role-playing game BioWare Black Isle Studios
Interplay Entertainment
The Binding of Isaac 2 million[51] N/A N/A September 28, 2011 Action-adventure, dungeon crawl, roguelike Edmund McMillen & Florian Himsl Headup Games
Black & White 2 million[22] N/A Black & White March 25, 2001 Simulation, god game Lionhead Studios EA Games
Sold-Out Software
Civilization III 2 million[52] N/A Civilization October 30, 2001 Turn-based strategy Firaxis Games Infogrames
Doom II: Hell on Earth 2 million[53] N/A Doom September 30, 1994 First-person shooter, horror id Software GT Interactive
Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven 2 million[54] N/A Mafia August 28, 2002 Third-person shooter Illusion Softworks Gathering of Developers
Neverwinter Nights 2 million[55] N/A Neverwinter Nights June 18, 2002 Role-playing game BioWare Infogrames / Atari
SimCity 4 2 million[56] N/A SimCity January 14, 2003 Simulation Maxis Electronic Arts (Windows)
Aspyr Media (Mac OS X)
SimCity (2013) 2 million[57] N/A SimCity March 5, 2013 Simulation Maxis Electronic Arts
Spore 2 million[58] N/A Spore September 4, 2008 God Game
Simulation
Real-Time Strategy
Maxis Electronic Arts
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl 2 million[59] N/A S.T.A.L.K.E.R. March 20, 2007 First-person shooter, survival horror GSC Game World THQ
Stronghold: Crusader 2 million[60] N/A Stronghold July 31, 2002 Real-time strategy Firefly Studios Take-Two Interactive / Gathering of Developers
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness 2 million[61] N/A Warcraft December 9, 1995 Real-time strategy Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment
Quake 1.8 million[40] N/A Quake June 22, 1996 First-person shooter id Software GT Interactive
Sacred 1.8 million[62] N/A Sacred March 23, 2004 Action RPG Ascaron Encore
Koch Media
Red Ant Enterprises
Dungeon Siege 1.7 million[63] N/A Dungeon Siege April 5, 2002 Role-playing game Gas Powered Games Microsoft Game Studios
American McGee's Alice 1.5 million[64][65] N/A Alice October 6, 2000 Action-adventure, platformer Rogue Entertainment Electronic Arts
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun 1.5 million[66] N/A Command & Conquer August 27, 1999 Real-time strategy Westwood Studios Electronic Arts
Crysis Warhead 1.5 million[35] N/A Crysis September 16, 2008 First-person shooter Crytek Budapest Electronic Arts
Duke Nukem 3D 1.5 million[67] N/A Duke Nukem January 29, 1996 First-person shooter 3D Realms GT Interactive Software
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 1.5 million
  • 1.3 million in the US[68]
  • 200,000 in the UK[69]
Harry Potter November 15, 2001 Action-adventure, platformer KnowWonder Electronic Arts
Star Wars Galaxies 1.5 million[70] N/A Star Wars June 26, 2003 MMORPG Sony Online Entertainment (North America)
Electronic Arts (Japan)
LucasArts
Stronghold 1.5 million[71] N/A Stronghold October 19, 2001 Real-time strategy Firefly Studios Take-Two Interactive / Gathering of Developers
Total Annihilation 1.5 million[72] N/A Total Annihilation September 30, 1997 Real-time strategy Cavedog Entertainment GT Interactive
Half-Life 2: Episode One 1.4 million[12][13] N/A Half-Life June 1, 2006 First-person shooter Valve Corporation Valve Corporation
Battlefield Vietnam 1.3 million[45] N/A Battlefield March 14, 2004 First-person shooter DICE Electronic Arts
Monopoly 1.3 million[73][74] N/A Monopoly September 30, 1995 Board game Leisure Genius (1985/1988)
Virgin Interactive (1991)
Westwood Studios (1995)
Gremlin Interactive (1997)
Mind's-Eye Productions (1999)
Runecraft (2002)
EA Bright Light (2008)
Leisure Genius (1985/1988, 1991)
Hasbro Interactive (1995)
Infogrames (2002)
Electronic Arts (2008)
Zoo Tycoon 1.3 million
  • 1.1 million in the US[68]
  • 200,000 in the UK[69]
Zoo Tycoon October 17, 2001 Business simulation game Microsoft Blue Fang Games
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning 1.2 million sold,[75] 1.5 million shipped[76] N/A Warhammer September 18, 2008 MMORPG Mythic Entertainment Electronic Arts
Killing Floor 1.1 million[77] N/A N/A May 14, 2009 First-person shooter Tripwire Interactive Tripwire Interactive
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault 1.1 million
  • 900,000 in the US[68]
  • 200,000 in the UK[69]
Medal of Honor January 22, 2002 First-person shooter 2015, Inc. EA Games
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 1.1 million
  • 940,000 in the US[68]
  • 200,000 in the UK[69]
RollerCoaster Tycoon October 15, 2002 Construction and management simulation Chris Sawyer Infogrames
SimCity 2000 1.1 million[73] N/A SimCity July 1, 1993 Simulation, city-building game Maxis Maxis
Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures 1 million[78] N/A Conan the Barbarian May 20, 2008 Sword and sorcery MMORPG, online RPG Funcom Funcom
Eidos Interactive
Age of Mythology 1 million[79] N/A Age of Empires October 30, 2002 Real-time strategy Ensemble Studios Microsoft
BioShock 1 million[80] N/A BioShock August 21, 2007 First-person shooter, action adventure, survival horror Irrational Games (as 2K Boston) 2K Games
Blade Runner 1 million[81] N/A N/A November 21, 1997 Adventure, point-and-click Westwood Studios Virgin Interactive
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 1 million[34] N/A Command & Conquer October 23, 2000 Real-time strategy Westwood Pacific Electronic Arts
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars 1 million[82] N/A Command & Conquer March 28, 2007 Real-time strategy EA Los Angeles Electronic Arts
Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT 1 million[83] N/A Police Quest September 30, 1995 Interactive movie, simulation, action-adventure Sierra Online Sierra Online
"DayZ" 1 million[84] N/A N/A December 16, 2013 Survival horror Bohemia Interactive Bohemia Interactive
Deer Hunter 1 million[85] N/A Deer Hunter November 13, 1997 Sports (hunting) Sunstorm Interactive WizardWorks Software
Dungeon Lords 1 million[86] N/A N/A May 5, 2005 Role-playing game Heuristic Park DreamCatcher Interactive, FX Interactive, Crimson Cow, 1C, Typhoon Games
Empire Earth 1 million[87] N/A Empire Earth November 12, 2001 Real-time strategy Stainless Steel Studios Sierra Entertainment
Frogger 1 million[88] N/A Frogger November 3, 1997 Arcade, action SCE Cambridge Studio Hasbro Interactive
Glory of the Roman Empire 1 million[89] N/A N/A June 26, 2006 City-building game Haemimont Games CDV
FX Interactive (Spain & Italy)
Hellgate: London 1 million[90] N/A N/A October 31, 2007 Action RPG Flagship Studios Namco Bandai Games
Electronic Arts
HanbitSoft
Hidden & Dangerous 1 million[91] N/A Hidden & Dangerous July 29, 1999 Action game with tactical elements Illusion Softworks Take-Two Interactive
TalonSoft
Hotel Giant 1 million[92] N/A N/A May 17, 2002 Business simulation game Enlight Software JoWood Productions
Imperivm: Great Battles of Rome 1 million 1 million in Italy and Spain;[93] not distributed elsewhere. N/A May 10, 2005 Real-time strategy, real-time tactics Haemimont Games FX Interactive
The Legend of Sword and Fairy 3 1 million[94] N/A The Legend of Sword and Fairy July 31, 2003 Role-playing game Softstar Entertainment Softstar Entertainment
Unistar
Microsoft Flight Simulator X 1 million 1 million in the US[95] Microsoft Flight Simulator October 17, 2006 Amateur flight simulation Microsoft Game Studios Microsoft Game Studios
Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis 1 million[96] N/A N/A June 22, 2001 Tactical shooter Bohemia Interactive Studio Codemasters
Patrician III: Rise of the Hanse 1 million 1 million in Italy and Spain[97] The Patrician October 24, 2003 Business simulation game Ascaron Encore
Phantasmagoria 1 million[98] N/A Phantasmagoria July 31, 1995 Interactive movie, psychological horror, point-and-click adventure Sierra Online Sierra Online
Quake II 1 million[99] N/A Quake November 30, 1997 First-person shooter id Software Activision
Railroad Tycoon II 1 million[91] N/A Railroad Tycoon November 4, 1998 Business simulation game PopTop Software Gathering of Developers
Take-Two Interactive
Return to Castle Wolfenstein 1 million[99] N/A Wolfenstein November 19, 2001 First-person shooter Gray Matter Interactive
id Software
Nerve Software (multiplayer)
Activision
Return to Zork 1 million[100] N/A Zork August 20, 1993 Adventure game Infocom Activision
Runaway: A Road Adventure 1 million[101] N/A Runaway July 6, 2001 Adventure game Péndulo Studios, S.L. Dinamic Multimedia
FX Interactive
Supreme Commander 1 million[102] N/A Total Annihilation February 16, 2007 Real-time strategy Gas Powered Games THQ
Tropico 1 million[91] N/A Tropico April 24, 2001 Construction and management simulation PopTop Software Gathering of Developers
Unreal 1 million[103] N/A Unreal May 22, 1998 First-person shooter Mundane Games
Digital Extremes
GT Interactive
Unreal Tournament 1 million[103] N/A Unreal November 30, 1999 First-person shooter Mundane Games
Digital Extremes
GT Interactive
Vietcong 1 million[91] N/A Vietcong March 26, 2003 Tactical first-person shooter Pterodon
Illusion Softworks
Gathering of Developers
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 1 million[104] N/A Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? November 28, 1999 Trivia game Jellyvision Disney Interactive Studios

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Although Minecraft was first publicly available on 17 May 2009,[4] and the 1.0 version on 18 Novermber 2011, the first version of Minecraft which required a paid account was first publicly available on 23 December 2009,[5] therefore it started accumulating sales on that year.
  2. ^ Subscribers are not the same as sales; many Asian markets use a different business model that does not involve retail copies. As such subscriber figures do not equate to sales figures.
  3. ^ This includes the 1.2 million copies given away as part of Blizzard's World of Warcraft annual pass offer.


Older computers[edit]

This section lists the sales of video games released for older personal computer platforms such as the Amiga, Apple II, Atari 8-bit and Atari ST; BBC Micro, Commodore VIC-20 and Commodore 64; FM-7 and FM Towns; MSX, NEC PC-88 and PC-98; and the Sharp X1 and X68000. The computer game industry was much smaller when these platforms were active, but gradually increasing; the best-selling computer game up until June 1982 sold 35,000 copies,[105] a major hit in 1983 would have sold around 50,000 copies, and a major hit in 1985 would have sold around 150,000 copies.[106] As such, the threshold is at least 35,000 sales for titles released up until 1982, 50,000 for titles released in 1983, and at least 100,000 sales for titles released from 1984 onwards.

Game Release year Copies sold Sales as of
The Last Ninja 1987 2 million[107] 2008
Thexder 1985 1 million[108] 1990
Dragon Slayer II: Xanadu 1985 400,000 in Japan[109][110] 1985
Sokoban 1982 400,000 in Japan[111] 1988
Zork I 1980 378,987[112] 1986
Skyfox 1984 317,545[113] 1986
The Bard's Tale 1985 300,000[114] 2003
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar 1985 300,000[115] 1990
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 1984 254,249[112] 1986
Out Run 1987 250,000 in the UK[116] 1987
Door Door 1983 200,000 in Japan[117] 1985
Gauntlet 1986 200,000 in the UK[118] 1987
Zork II 1981 173,204[112] 1986
Chessmaster 2000 1986 160,000[119] 1987
The Black Onyx 1984 150,000 in Japan[120] 1986
The Seven Cities of Gold 1984 150,000[121] 2003
Deadline 1982 140,719[112] 1986
Zork III 1982 129,232[112] 1986
Ultima III: Exodus 1983 120,000[122] 2008
Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Trainer 1987 100,000[123] 1987
Pac-Man 1987 100,000 in the US[124] 1987
Will: The Death Trap II 1985 100,000 in Japan[125] 1986
Suspended 1983 99,956[112] 1986
Starcross 1982 90,315[112] 1986
Mystery House 1980 80,000[126] 2003
Choplifter 1982 60,000[127] 1983
Wizard and the Princess 1980 60,000[128] 2010
Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness 1981 50,000[129] 1990
Ultima II: The Revenge of the Enchantress 1982 50,000[130] 1990
Temple of Apshai 1979 40,000 in the US[110] 1982
K-Razy Shoot-Out 1982 35,000 in the US[105] 1982

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