The Best Selling Games Of All Time

Video games have already been around for the best part of 40 years, with new titles always doing everything they can to outdo the last, it is a market that keeps on seeing more success. While newer titles are, for the most part, a considerable step up from previous, there are a few games that hold a special part for many gamers, no matter the age.

Games that have long since seen their best days but are still selling in numbers that beggar belief. These are the best-selling video games of all time. Sales figures are based on copies sold and not revenue.


Minecraft saw first testing from 2009 and full release in 2011 when it became a smash hit of epic proportions. By Swedish developer Mojang Studios, this smash hit has sold over 238 million copies to date. Minecraft is currently available across 13 different platforms and operating systems to make a game that is truly playable anywhere. This open-ended survival sandbox game is more about creativity and creating your own world than having any true goals, the sales figures are incredible but even more impressive is the worlds that some people have created.

If you have never played Minecraft before, it can be difficult to understand why it is such an astounding hit. The terrain is rough and presented in cubes, often referred to as blocks, which are often not the prettiest game design element. If you are looking for a game to release your creative energy and build the world around you, there are few, if any, games more capable than Minecraft.


Grand Theft Auto 5 or GTA 5 for short is the latest game in the GTA franchise by famed studio Rockstar Games. GTA was launched in 2013 to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, to later be ported to PC and follow-up console generations. To date, Rockstar has sold in remarkable 155 million copies of GTA 5.

The sales figures become even more impressive when you consider the online revenue GTA 5 has made. Since GTA 5, there has been another release in the GTA franchise, a remastered version of GTA 3, GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas. The remastered games were not well received as gamers impatiently wait for the next real instalment of Grand Theft Auto.


Tetris is an unexpected but very understandable competitor on this list. For the sake of individual games, this is the Tetris game released by Electronic Arts in 2006 that was only available on mobile platforms. Unlike the sites recommended at that can be accessed on both desktop and mobile.

For being a mobile only game in the mid 2000s, the sales total of over 100 million copies is an incredible feat. This 100 million downloads is only counted until 2010, when EA relaunched the game as a paid only version exclusively for Apple devices. It is difficult to get a true figure on all Tetris games, as there have been multiple developers remaking the game after its initial inception in 1984.