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This is a list of PC games (including Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Linux) that have sold or shipped at least one million copies. If a game was released on multiple platforms, the sales figures listed are only for PC sales. This list is not comprehensive because sales figures are not always publicly available.

Subscription figures for massively multiplayer online games such as World of Warcraft or Lineage and number of accounts from free-to-play games such as Hearthstone are not taken into account as they do not necessarily correspond to sales.

List

Games that have sold or shipped at least one million copies on PC platforms, such as Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Linux
Game Total copies sold Series Release date Genre Developer Publisher
Minecraft 28 million[1] Minecraft November 18, 2011[a] Sandbox, survival Mojang Mojang
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds 24 million[4] N/A December 20, 2017 Battle royale PUBG Corporation PUBG Corporation
World of Warcraft 14 million[5] [b][better source needed] Warcraft November 23, 2004 MMORPG Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment
Diablo III 12 million[6][c] Diablo May 15, 2012 Action RPG Blizzard Entertainment Activision Blizzard
The Sims 11 million[7] The Sims February 4, 2000 Life simulation Maxis Electronic Arts
StarCraft 11 million[8] StarCraft March 31, 1998 Real-time strategy Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment
Garry's Mod 10 million[9] N/A November 29, 2006 Sandbox Facepunch Studios Facepunch Studios
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 10 million[10] RollerCoaster Tycoon October 26, 2004 Construction and management simulation Frontier Developments Atari, Inc. (Windows)
Aspyr Media (macOS)
Half-Life 2 9 million[11] Half-Life November 16, 2004 First-person shooter Valve Corporation Valve Corporation (digital)
Sierra Entertainment (retail)
Half-Life 9 million[12] Half-Life November 19, 1998 First-person shooter Valve Corporation Sierra Entertainment
Civilization V 8 million[13] Civilization September 2010 Turn-based strategy, 4X Firaxis Games 2K Games & Aspyr
The Sims 3 7 million[7] The Sims June 2, 2009 Life simulation The Sims Studio Electronic Arts
Guild Wars 6 million[14] Guild Wars April 28, 2005 MMORPG ArenaNet NCsoft
Myst 6 million[15] Myst September 24, 1993 Adventure, puzzle Cyan Brøderbund
The Sims 2 6 million[16] The Sims September 14, 2004 Life simulation Maxis Electronic Arts
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty 6 million[17] StarCraft July 27, 2010 Real-time strategy Blizzard Entertainment Activision Blizzard
Rust 5 million[18] N/A February 8, 2018 Survival Facepunch Studios Facepunch Studios
SimCity 3000 5 million[19] SimCity January 31, 1999 City-building Maxis Electronic Arts
Guild Wars 2 5 million[20][21] Guild Wars August 28, 2012 MMORPG ArenaNet NCsoft
Cities: Skylines 5 million[22] Cities: Skylines March 10, 2015 City-building Colossal Order Paradox Interactive
ARMA 3 4 million[23][24] ARMA September 12, 2013 Tactical shooter Bohemia Interactive Bohemia Interactive
Diablo II 4 million[25] Diablo June 29, 2000 Action RPG Blizzard North Blizzard Entertainment
Riven 4 million[26] Myst October 29, 1997 Graphic adventure Cyan Worlds Red Orb Entertainment
Populous 4 million[27][better source needed] Populous June 5, 1989 God game Bullfrog Productions Electronic Arts
RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 million[28][better source needed] RollerCoaster Tycoon March 31, 1999 Construction and management simulation Chris Sawyer MicroProse Software
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War (including expansions) 4 million[29] Warhammer September 20, 2004 Real-time strategy Relic Entertainment THQ
Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? 4 million[30] Carmen Sandiego June 1, 1985 Educational Broderbund Broderbund
Doom 3 3 million[31] Doom August 3, 2004 First-person shooter, survival horror id Software Activision
Theme Park 3 million[27] Theme Park 1994 Construction and management simulation Bullfrog Productions Electronic Arts
Age of Empires 3 million[32] Age of Empires October 15, 1997 Real-time strategy Ensemble Studios Microsoft
Civilization IV 3 million[33] Civilization October 25, 2005 Turn-based strategy, 4X Firaxis Games 2K Games & Aspyr
Command & Conquer 3 million[34] 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[35] Command & Conquer October 31, 1996 Real-time strategy Westwood Studios Virgin Interactive
Crysis 3 million[36] Crysis November 13, 2007 First-person shooter Crytek Electronic Arts
DayZ 3 million[37] N/A December 16, 2013 Survival Bohemia Interactive Bohemia Interactive
Life Is Strange 3 million[38] Life Is Strange January 30, 2015 Graphic adventure Dontnod Entertainment Square Enix
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos 3 million[39] Warcraft July 3, 2002 Real-time strategy Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment (North America)
Sierra Entertainment (Europe)
Capcom (Japan)
Counter-Strike: Condition Zero 2 million[40] Counter-Strike March 23, 2004 First-person shooter Valve Corporation
Gearbox Software
Ritual Entertainment
Turtle Rock Studios
Valve Corporation (digital)
Sierra Entertainment (retail)
Doom 2 million[41] Doom December 10, 1993 First-person shooter id Software id Software
Magicka 2 million[42] N/A January 25, 2011 Action-adventure Arrowhead Game Studios Paradox Interactive
Age of Empires III 2 million[43] Age of Empires October 18, 2005 Real-time strategy Ensemble Studios Microsoft
Anno 1503 2 million[44] Anno March 23, 2003 City-building Max Design Sunflowers
Anno 1602 2 million[45] Anno September 24, 1998 City-building Max Design Sunflowers
Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars 2 million[46] Cossacks April 15, 2005 Real-time strategy GSC Game World CDV Software
Diablo 2 million[25] Diablo December 31, 1996 Action RPG Blizzard North Blizzard Entertainment (North America)
Ubisoft (Europe)
Far Cry 2 million[36] Far Cry March 23, 2004 First-person shooter Crytek Ubisoft
7 Days to Die 2 million[47][better source needed] 7 Days June 28, 2016 Survival horror The Fun Pimps The Fun Pimps
Battlefield 1942 2 million[48] Battlefield September 10, 2002 First-person shooter EA DICE Electronic Arts
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings 2 million[49] The Witcher May 17, 2011 Action RPG CD Projekt Red CD Projekt
Counter-Strike: Source 2 million[50] Counter-Strike November 1, 2004 First-person shooter Valve Corporation Electronic Arts (retail)
Valve Corporation (digital)
The Witcher 2 million[51] The Witcher October 26, 2007 Action RPG CD Projekt Red Atari, Inc
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn 2 million[52] Baldur's Gate September 21, 2000 Computer role-playing game BioWare Interplay Entertainment
Baldur's Gate 2 million[52] Baldur's Gate December 21, 1998 Role-playing game BioWare
Black Isle Studios
Interplay Entertainment
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 2 million[53] Age of Empires September 30, 1999 Real-time strategy Ensemble Studios Microsoft
The Binding of Isaac 2 million[54] N/A September 28, 2011 Action-adventure, roguelike Edmund McMillen & Florian Himsl Headup Games
Black & White 2 million[27] Black & White March 25, 2001 God game Lionhead Studios EA Games
Sold-Out Software
Civilization III 2 million[55] Civilization October 30, 2001 Turn-based strategy, 4X Firaxis Games Infogrames
Doom II: Hell on Earth 2 million[56] Doom September 30, 1994 First-person shooter id Software GT Interactive
Euro Truck Simulator 2 2 million[57] Euro Trucks Simulator October 19, 2012 Vehicle simulation SCS Software SCS Software
Grand Theft Auto V 2 million[58] Grand Theft Auto April 14, 2015 Action-adventure Rockstar North Rockstar Games
Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven 2 million[59] Mafia August 28, 2002 Third-person shooter Illusion Softworks Gathering of Developers
Neverwinter Nights 2 million[60] Neverwinter Nights June 18, 2002 Role-playing game BioWare Infogrames / Atari
The Last Ninja 2 million[61] The Last Ninja 1987 Action-adventure System 3 Activision
SimCity 2 million[62] SimCity March 5, 2013 City-building Electronic Arts Electronic Arts
SimCity 4 2 million[63] SimCity January 14, 2003 City-building Maxis Electronic Arts (Windows)
Aspyr Media (macOS)
Spore 2 million[64] Spore September 4, 2008 God game Maxis Electronic Arts
Stronghold: Crusader 2 million[65] Stronghold July 31, 2002 Real-time strategy Firefly Studios Take-Two Interactive / Gathering of Developers
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness 2 million[66] Warcraft December 9, 1995 Real-time strategy Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment
Machinarium 1 million[67] N/A October 16, 2009 Graphic adventure, puzzle Amanita Design Amanita Design
Quake 1 million[41][better source needed] Quake June 22, 1996 First-person shooter id Software GT Interactive
Sacred 1 million[68] Sacred March 23, 2004 Action RPG Ascaron Encore
Koch Media
Red Ant Enterprises
Dungeon Siege 1 million[69] Dungeon Siege April 5, 2002 Role-playing game Gas Powered Games Microsoft Game Studios
American McGee's Alice 1 million[70] Alice October 6, 2000 Action-adventure, platformer Rogue Entertainment Electronic Arts
Grand Prix 2 1 million[71] Grand Prix August 30, 1996 Sim racing MicroProse MicroProse
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun 1 million[72] Command & Conquer August 27, 1999 Real-time strategy Westwood Studios Electronic Arts
Crysis Warhead 1 million[36] Crysis September 16, 2008 First-person shooter Crytek Budapest Electronic Arts
Duke Nukem 3D 1 million[73] Duke Nukem January 29, 1996 First-person shooter 3D Realms GT Interactive Software
Star Wars Galaxies 1 million[74] Star Wars June 26, 2003 MMORPG Sony Online Entertainment LucasArts
Stronghold 1 million[75] Stronghold October 19, 2001 Real-time strategy Firefly Studios Take-Two Interactive / Gathering of Developers
Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines 1 million[76] Commandos June 24, 1998 Real-time tactics Pyro Studios Eidos Interactive
Total Annihilation 1 million[77] Total Annihilation September 30, 1997 Real-time strategy Cavedog Entertainment GT Interactive
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 1 million[78] The Witcher May 19, 2015 Action RPG CD Projekt Red CD Projekt
Battlefield Vietnam 1 million[48] Battlefield March 14, 2004 First-person shooter EA DICE Electronic Arts
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 1 million[79] Harry Potter November 15, 2001 Action-adventure KnowWonder Electronic Arts
The Legend of Sword and Fairy 5 1 million[80] The Legend of Sword and Fairy July 7, 2011 Role-playing game Softstar Softstar
Psychonauts 1 million[81] Psychonauts April 19, 2005 Platform Double Fine Productions THQ
Prison Architect 1 million[82] N/A September 25, 2012 Construction and management simulation Introversion Software Introversion Software
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning 1 million[83] Warhammer September 18, 2008 MMORPG Mythic Entertainment Electronic Arts
Rome: Total War 1 million[84][85][86] Total War September 22, 2004 Real-time strategy The Creative Assembly Activision
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm 1 million[87] StarCraft March 12, 2013 Real-time strategy Blizzard Entertainment Activision Blizzard
Crusader Kings II 1 million[88] Crusader Kings February 14, 2012 Grand strategy Paradox Development Studio Paradox Interactive
Killing Floor 1 million[89] N/A May 14, 2009 First-person shooter Tripwire Interactive Tripwire Interactive
Zoo Tycoon 1 million[79] Zoo Tycoon October 17, 2001 Business simulation Microsoft Blue Fang Games
Age of Mythology 1 million[90] Age of Empires October 30, 2002 Real-time strategy Ensemble Studios Microsoft
Ark: Survival Evolved 1 million[91] Ark: Survival Evolved June 2, 2015 Action-adventure, Survival Studio Wildcard
Instinct Games
Studio Wildcard
Europa Universalis IV 1 million[92] Europa Universalis IV August 13, 2013 Grand strategy Paradox Development Studio Paradox Interactive
BioShock 1 million[93] BioShock August 21, 2007 First-person shooter Irrational Games 2K Games
Blade Runner 1 million[94] N/A November 21, 1997 Point-and-click Westwood Studios Virgin Interactive
Civilization II 1 million[95] Civilization February 29, 1996 Turn-based strategy, 4X MicroProse MicroProse
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 1 million[35] Command & Conquer October 23, 2000 Real-time strategy Westwood Pacific Electronic Arts
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars 1 million[96] Command & Conquer March 28, 2007 Real-time strategy EA Los Angeles Electronic Arts
Cuphead 1 million[97] N/A September 29, 2017 Run and gun StudioMDHR StudioMDHR
Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT 1 million[98] Police Quest September 30, 1995 Interactive movie Sierra Online Sierra Online
Deer Hunter 1 million[99] Deer Hunter November 13, 1997 Sports Sunstorm Interactive WizardWorks
Divinity: Original Sin II 1 million[100] Divinity September 14, 2017 Role-playing game Larian Studios Larian Studios
Dungeon Lords 1 million[101] N/A May 5, 2005 Role-playing game Heuristic Park DreamCatcher Interactive
Empire Earth 1 million[102] Empire Earth November 12, 2001 Real-time strategy Stainless Steel Studios Sierra Entertainment
Factorio 1 million[103] N/A February 2016 Construction and management simulation Wube Software Wube Software
Frogger 1 million[104] Frogger November 3, 1997 Action SCE Cambridge Studio Hasbro Interactive
Full Throttle 1 million[105] N/A April 30, 1995 Graphic adventure LucasArts LucasArts
Glory of the Roman Empire 1 million[106] N/A June 26, 2006 City-building game Haemimont Games CDV Software
Hearts of Iron IV 1 million[107] Hearts of Iron June 6, 2016 Real-time strategy, grand strategy wargame Paradox Development Studio Paradox Interactive
Hidden & Dangerous 1 million[108][better source needed] Hidden & Dangerous July 29, 1999 Action Illusion Softworks Take-Two Interactive
Hidden & Dangerous 2 1 million[109] Hidden & Dangerous October 21, 2003 Action Illusion Softworks Take-Two Interactive
Hotel Giant 1 million[110] N/A May 17, 2002 Business simulation Enlight Software JoWood Productions
Hydlide 1 million[111] Hydlide December 13, 1984 Action RPG Technology and Entertainment Software Technology and Entertainment Software
Imperivm: Great Battles of Rome 1 million[112] N/A May 10, 2005 Real-time strategy Haemimont Games FX Interactive
Just Survive[d] 1 million[113] N/A January 15, 2015 Survival Daybreak Game Company Daybreak Game Company
The Legend of Sword and Fairy 3 1 million[114] The Legend of Sword and Fairy July 31, 2003 Role-playing game Softstar Entertainment Softstar Entertainment
Unistar
Microsoft Flight Simulator X 1 million[115] Microsoft Flight Simulator October 17, 2006 Amateur flight simulation Microsoft Game Studios Microsoft Game Studios
Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis 1 million[116] N/A June 22, 2001 Tactical shooter Bohemia Interactive Studio Codemasters
Patrician III: Rise of the Hanse 1 million[117] The Patrician October 24, 2003 Business simulation Ascaron Encore
Phantasmagoria 1 million[118] Phantasmagoria July 31, 1995 Interactive movie Sierra Online Sierra Online
Planet Coaster 1 million[119] N/A November 2016 Construction and management simulation Frontier Developments Frontier Developments
Quake II 1 million[120] Quake November 30, 1997 First-person shooter id Software Activision
Railroad Tycoon II 1 million[108] Railroad Tycoon November 4, 1998 Construction and management simulation PopTop Software Gathering of Developers
Take-Two Interactive
Return to Castle Wolfenstein 1 million[120] Wolfenstein November 19, 2001 First-person shooter Gray Matter Interactive
id Software
Activision
Return to Zork 1 million[121] Zork August 20, 1993 Adventure Infocom Activision
Runaway: A Road Adventure 1 million[122] Runaway July 6, 2001 Adventure Péndulo Studios, S.L. Dinamic Multimedia
Space Engineers 1 million[123] N/A October 13, 2013 Simulation Keen Software House Keen Software House
Star Wars: Rebel Assault 1 million[124] Star Wars November 1993 Rail shooter LucasArts LucasArts
Stardew Valley 1 million[125] Stardew Valley February 26, 2016 Simulation, role-playing game ConcernedApe Chucklefish
The Stanley Parable 1 million[126] N/A October 17, 2013 Interactive fiction Galactic Cafe Galactic Cafe
Supreme Commander 1 million[127] Total Annihilation February 16, 2007 Real-time strategy Gas Powered Games THQ
Thexder 1 million[128] ThexderThexder April 1985 Run and gun Game Arts Game Arts
Tropico 1 million[108] Tropico April 24, 2001 Construction and management simulation PopTop Software Gathering of Developers
Unreal 1 million[129] Unreal May 22, 1998 First-person shooter Epic Games
Digital Extremes
GT Interactive
Unreal Tournament 1 million[129] Unreal November 30, 1999 First-person shooter Epic Games
Digital Extremes
GT Interactive
Vietcong 1 million[108] Vietcong March 26, 2003 Tactical shooter Pterodon
Illusion Softworks
Gathering of Developers
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 1 million[130] N/A November 28, 1999 Trivia game Jellyvision Disney Interactive Studios
Wing Commander 3: Heart of the Tiger 1 million[131] Wing Commander December 1994 Space combat simulation Origin Systems Electronic Arts

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Although Minecraft was first publicly available on May 17, 2009,[2] and the 1.0 version on November 18, 2011, the first version of Minecraft which required a paid account was first publicly available on December 23, 2009,[3] 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 excludes the 1.2 million copies given away as part of Blizzard's World of Warcraft annual pass offer.
  4. ^ Sold a million copies under the name of H1Z1 while in early access. Not to be confused with the H1Z1 battle royale game by the same company.

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