One week after it’s release last month, video game industry analyst Doug Creutz of Cowen & Company predicted Electronic Arts would be one and done with EA Sports MMA after it appeared to be “more or less DOA at retail.” A lot of people said that prediction was premature, but now that same company is releasing actual sales figures to support their claims. According to their calculations, only 45,000 copies of EA Sports MMA were sold in the month of October.
Electronic Arts’ first-person shooter Medal of Honor sold just over 1 million units during October, below expectations of 1.5 million. The company’s latest sports title, EA Sports MMA sold 45,000 units.
It’s worth noting however that VGChartz.com, a website dedicated to tracking video game sales, shows that 140,000 copies of EA Sports MMA have been sold to date worldwide. While that’s certainly a significant improvement, it’s still pretty dreadful when you compare it to the 1.48 million copies of UFC Undisputed 2010 that have been sold thus far on the Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms. Yes, Undisputed has been on the shelf for much longer than EA Sports MMA, but that is a lot of ground to make up for a title that wasn’t very popular out of the gate. Perhaps EA will close the gap over the holidays, but at the moment, it’s pretty clear who’s going to win the first round of the MMA video game war. The question is, will there even be a second round or will EA just tap out?