The success of a video game for PC (Personal Computer) is hard to tell but considering the amount of sales plus the number of subscribers, I came up with this list of the top 10 best selling PC games of all time.
- Top 10 best selling PC games of all time:
By early 2018, over 144 million copies of this game had been sold making it the second best selling game of all time. Released in November 2011, this survival game from Mojang created by Swedish game developer Markus Persson boasts of over 74 million players. In 2014, Microsoft bought Minecraft and released spin off games.
2. World of Warcraft (WoW)
This MMORPG game from Blizzard Entertainment, the fourth game set in the Warcraft Fantasy Universe, was released in 2004 and had over 12 million subscribers in 2010. It is the World’s most subscribed PC game, has grossed over $9.23 billion, and holds the Guinness World Record for the most popular MMORPG, having over 100 million accounts created.
3. The Sims
A sandbox life simulation game series created by Will Wright, published by Electronic Arts and developed by Maxis and The Sims Studio, this game, first released in 2000, has sold over 200 million copies, making it one of the best selling PC games in history. In addition to the original game, there are seven expansion packs, and the two deluxe edition content packs.
4. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)
This online multiplayer battle game is produced by PUBG Corporation and was released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox in 2017.
The game which has a peak concurrent player count of over three million on Steam and has sold over fifty million copies across all platforms is considered one of the bestselling PC games of all time.
5. Diablo III
Developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment, this dungeon crawler action role playing game was released in 2012 and set a new record as the fastest selling game with over 3.5 million copies sold in the first 24 hours of its release. It has sold over 30 million copies currently.
6. Half-Life 2
This is the sequel to Half- Life (1998) which was released in 2004. It is a first person shooter game developed and published by Valve Corporation. The game had sold over 12 million copies by 2011, won 39 ‘Game of the Year’ awards and a ‘Game of the Decade’ award.
7. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
This game was first released in October 2004 and is the third part in the RollerCoaster Tycoon series. A construction management simulation game produced by Jonny Watts and developed by Frontier Developments, it had sold more than 10 million copies by 2015.
This is a science fiction immersive first person shooter game developed in 1998 by Valve and published by Sierra studios for Windows. It has won over 50 ‘Game of the Year’ awards and sold over 9 million copies by 2008, making it one of the best selling games of all time.
9. Sid Meier's Civilization V
This turn based strategy game, a 4X video game in the Civilization series, was developed by Firaxis Games, produced by Dennis Shirk and Lisa Miller and directed by John Shafer. Its initial release was on Windows and OS X in 2010 and later Linux in 2014. It has had two expansion packs, in 2012 and in 2013.
10. Garry's Mod (GMod)
This sandbox physics game was created by Garry Newman and developed by Facepunch studios, originally as a mod for Half-Life 2 but was later made into a standalone release in 2006. It has won many awards including ‘Best Mod 2005’ by Computer Games Magazine.