Best Selling Computer Games

This article is based on PC games that are available for sale. It doesn’t include subscriptions for massively multiplayer games and doesn’t include free-to-play games.


Total sales: 26 million
Genre: Sandbox, Survival game
Minecraft is a sandbox video game. The term ‘sandbox’ means that the player gets to choose what, when and how they want to approach the available choices given to them in the game. Players construct using cubes in a 3D generated world. Minecraft has won numerous awards.


Total sales: 20 million
Genre: Action-adventure
Terraria is also a sandbox game. It is 2D and was initially released in 2011 by Microsoft Windows. It involves building, exploration and combat.

World of Warcraft

Total sales: 14 million
Genre: MMORPG (Massively multiplayer online role-playing game)
World of Warcraft is what is called a massively multiplayer online role-playing game and was released in 2004. World of Warcraft is the most-subscribed MMORPG in the world. Players assume control of a character who is based in the fantasy worlds of Outland and Azeroth.

Diablo III

Total sales: 12 million
Genre: Action RPG (role-playing game), hack and slash dungeon crawl.
Diablo III is what is known as a ‘hack and slash action’ RPG. It was released in 2012. There are six character classes to choose from Barbarian, Crusader, Demon Hunter, Monk, Witch Doctor or Wizard. The Crusader is only available with the expansion pack.


Total sales: 12.5 million
Genre: First-person shooter
Counter-Strike is a multiplayer first-person shooter, commonly known as CS. Terrorists and counter-terrorists battle by setting bombs and defusing them, respectively.

The Sims

Total sales: 11.2 million
Genre: Simulation
The Sims is a simulation game based on real life. It was first released in 2000 and took the world by storm. The player creates virtual people (‘Sims’) and plays out daily life with them. Inspiration for this ‘virtual doll house’ came to designer Will Wright after rebuilding his home and life after the Oklahoma firestorm.