Taking your eye off the ball
The latest entry in Electronic Arts’ legendary football series, FIFA 20, has successfully retained the number one spot of the UK Charts, holding fast against the debut of Ubisoft shooter Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, which came in strong at number two.
But this was the least important news around the EA offices this weekend, as it was also revealed (via Dextero) that the publisher accidentally leaked the private details of a glut of players who signed up for the FIFA Global Series. Reports came in that fans attempting to register for the league were being presented with the personal details of previous signees on-screen – including some of the pro-scene’s star players – in just the latest in a long line of security breaches within the gaming industry.
Once the glitch was realised, EA quickly removed the registration page, but estimate around 1,600 players were affected. This is obviously another incident that sees a major industry player fail to lock down security around their customers’ private info, and while each and every one of these incidents should be expected to receive backlash warranting investigation, it’s worryingly become so commonplace that a quick apology is often all that is required before the gears begin turning once again.
In regards to the rest of the charts, the remastered edition of Ghostbusters: The Video Game successfully pulled in enough sales to make it into the Top Ten, debuting at number six, while heavy hitters Borderlands 3 and Gears 5 retained their number three and four slots respectively. Bandai Namco’s gothic adventure Code Vein has already peaked in physical sales, dropping from number 13 to number 36 in its second week of release. And the Xbox One trinity of Sea of Thieves, Minecraft and Forza Horizon 3 also continues to enjoy success in the back half of the Top Ten.
U.K. video game sales chart w/e: October 5, 2019
(Chart reflects in-store physical sales only)
1. FIFA 20 – Electronic Arts
2. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint – Ubisoft
3. Borderlands 3 – 2K Games
4. Gears 5 – Microsoft
5. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – Nintendo
6. Ghostbusters The Video Game: Remastered – Mad Dog
7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo
8. Sea of Thieves – Microsoft
9. Minecraft: Xbox Edition – Microsoft
10. Forza Horizon 3 – Microsoft
U.K. video game charts [UKie]