Skyrim Is Steam’s Fastest Selling Game Ever

Valve has announced that Skyrim has become the fastest selling game ever on Steam.

According to stats, Skyrim’s PC version outsold all other PC games by a margin of three to one.  10 million units of Skyrim have shipped across all three platforms since launch. Jason Holtman, Director of Business Development at Valve said:


“Skyrim is the fastest selling title in Steam’s history. Bethesda’s commitment to and understanding of the PC as a gaming platform shows in the great review scores, spectacular launch, and continued high player numbers that Skyrim has received.”

Robert Altman, Chairman & CEO of ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda also commented on the news:

We are gratified that Skyrim continues to garner high review scores and accolades around the world. We are most grateful to our fans for their support and enthusiasm for the game, and their love of the hundreds of hours of gameplay it offers. We continue to strive to deliver the highest quality entertainment experience for everyone. 2012 will be another huge year for our fans, with the release of the Creation Kit, as well as exciting DLC which will add to the richness of this epic adventure.”

If you haven’t already done so, check out Peter’s Skyrim review where he wrote “Skyrim – the game – is a wonderful experience because Skyrim – the land – is a wonderful place.”

Source: Industry Gamers



  1. cue the repeated comments about the game being broken etc etc…. This is definitely one of the best games I’ve played this year. Haven’t seen any bugs yet… but as with every game I have played this generation I’m sure I’ll find some.

    • Exactly. My game is fine, works =fine and I have no problems with it.

      Even if you do have a problem with it, hard to deny that when it works, it works magnificently.

    • Couldn’t agree more. The game is fantastic and when it works, it works brilliantly. Some of the bugs are annoying (quests glitching) but IMO I can look past this cos it’s just so damn good.

  2. It’s hardly surprising, it’s a great game, sure it has a few problems but in the grand scale of things I’m happy to tollerate the odd glitch.

  3. Same here – only the most insignificant of glitches so far. Epic game – though still not quite as good as Morrowind was when I first played that :)

  4. As this is a PC based topic I’ll agree and say that this is a great game and that I’ve had no bugs or performance issues with the PC version (other than that ludicrous sound frequency CtD bug that should have be squashed in alpha dev).
    Waiting eagerly for the user created mods… :):)

    As for the issues with the PS3 version, I’m just going to come right out and say that I just don’t think the PS3 is up to the job, simple as. Sony, please put adequate ram in your next system, thank you.

    • @plutoniumdragon

      Laughable comment – if PS3 not up to job??? Then why release it on PS3? Lets push all the blame onto Sony. Its time lazy developers got all this flak. Its a shame cos I was really looking forward to Skyrim but not buying a bugged, unfinished, unplayable game.

      • @redmik71 “Then why release it on PS3?” – Because the game engine already existed with the same problems and people accepted them previously (Fallout + NV)?
        Business decision of profits overcoming reputation?
        This isn’t the place to have an argument about the obvious technical limitations of the PS3, it’s been done to death elsewhere. Tbf Bethesda are not confirming it’s ram related – but there is plenty of technical discussion around the ‘net which would seem to suggest it is.

      • I should make it clear that I’m referring to performance issues on the PS3, I don’t believe it’s any more or less bugged in terms of quests etc than the PC version.
        I managed to get all the PS3 trophies on it so it’s hardly “unplayable” it’s just not as enjoyable after level 30 on the PS3.

      • Don’f forget that the PS3 is about 6 years old now. You think how far PCs have come in that time :P I don’t think it’s Sony’s fault at all that the ps3 spec is now a little dated, as it has been out so long. Seems pretty obvious to me that it would perform better on the PC, regardless of any bugs (as this is due to the code, not necessarily the hardware)

      • Easy for me to say as I type this on PC with 8gb of system and 2Gb of graphics ram, but the PC I had at the PS3’s launch had 512mb + 512Mb which does make the PS3’s 256+256 look a little short sighted.

    • PS3 has faster ram though. Typical for PC is like 1333mhz where as PS3 is at 3200mhz.

  5. Glad to hear it, Skyrim is a great game and deserves its success.

  6. Not surprised to see it selling well on the PC. There are some games that are just designed to be played on a PC and this is definately one of them.

    Skyrim on PC = One of the best games ever. High sales and GOTY awards thoroughly deserved.
    Skyrim on PS3 = Broken, frustrating, a complete middle finger to PlayStation owners and quite frankly a waste of money

    • Really? I’m having a LOT of fun with my PS3 version, only 22 or so hours in, but it’s still working fine.

      • My pal is on 103 hours as of last night. Zilch problems. Literally none. Even doing one of the capture the fort missions that has a load of guys on it resulted in no slow down.

        I’ve only encountered slowdown and mainly at those fort sections.

      • Mine became unplayable after around 30hours play before eventually corrupting and dying :(

  7. Good to ear, especially given how strongly it has been selling on consoles too. Personally, no other game has had me so hooked and absorbed this year.

  8. Bloody hell! I wasn’t expecting it to be the fastest selling game on Steam. I have heard that the UI is awful on the PC version but hopefully, when the Creation Kit comes out, the TES modders will do some fantastic mods and do an Unoffical patch that fixs the problems that Bethesade cba/don’t know about as they did it with Oblivion on PC.

    I think i may be able to get my hands on Skyrim next week. :D Although i may have to fight everyone in Gamestation to get it though.

    • The UI on the PC is the same as the PS3, it’s not “awful” it’s just not well-suited to mouse+keyboard. Can always play with a pad :)
      I had the same complaint with Witcher2, but you get used to it…

  9. “I managed to get all the PS3 trophies on it so it’s hardly “unplayable” it’s just not as enjoyable after level 30 on the PS3.”
    Did you have major problems with framerates etc., has the net blown problem out of all proportion? (for a change?)
    Still really tempted but seems like a waste of money with current issues.

    • What started to happen after level 30 is that the game started lagging/pausing briefly, immediately after area transitions and in places with lots of enemies, 2-3 secs at a time maybe every couple of minutes or so. Ok that’s not too bad, except when it happens during a “boss” fight, but if I play for more than a couple of hours in one session the lagging drops to 1-2fps and carries on for several minutes as the data is paged to/from the hard drive. At this point it’s unplayable and eventually freezes. But a reboot of the PS3 cures it for a little while.
      Currently, at level 50, the brief lagging has not got any worse and I can play for between 1 to 2 hours before I have to reboot.
      So it’s playable, if you remember to save and reboot often.
      I’ve not seen backwards flying dragons or bugged quests, but certain explicit orders of action can bug quests, luckily I’ve not run into any of those.

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