It’s always great to see that PC games are still selling well, and although consoles seem to be taking over and most of the PC sales are minor in comparison with XBox and PlayStation combined, the PC gaming industry is still alive and well. We decided to take a look at the current top 10 best-selling PC games of all time:

Note – We mentioned MMO games like world of Warcraft, and even though these games have an ongoing monthly fee, there was an initial purchase price for the game.  Here’s our Top 10 Best Selling PC Games Of All Time:

* Updated as of 2014/07/08

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1. Minecraft


Hard to think that an 8-bit building game is the top-selling PC game of all time. Minecraft statrted out as a sandbox indie game originally created by Swedish programmer Markus “Notch” Persson and later developed and published by Mojang.

  • Copies Sold: 16 million
  • Launch Date: May 17, 2009[note 1]
  • Genre: Sandbox, Adventure/Survival, Construction
  • Developer: Mojang
  • Publisher: Mojang


2. Diablo III

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Go Blizzard! Diablo 3 is one of our all time personal favourite games. Diablo 3 has finally risen to the expectations, and with the latest ‘Reaper of Souls’ expansion Diablo has risen to the second best-selling PC game of all time.

  • Copies Sold: 15 million
  • Launch Date: May 15, 2012
  • Genre: Action RPG, hack and slash dungeon crawl
  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Publisher: Activision Blizzard


3. World of Warcraft


Yes, technically WoWo is a MMO game with a monthly subscription, but the sales figures for the once of purchase still stands tall and rises high above most other PC games. With the new expansion, ‘Warlords of Dreanor’ hitting the shelves soon expect this figure to jump significantly. Not because people buy the expansion, but people will buy the original World of Warcraft.

  • Copies Sold: 14 million
  • Launch Date: Nov 23, 2004
  • Genre: Fantasy, MMORPG
  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment


4. StarCraft


The third Blizzard game on the top 10 list. We know Starcraft all to well, another favourite of ours. We played countless hours trying to get to the top of the Blizzard ladder.

  • Copies Sold: 11 million
  • Launch Date: March 31, 1998
  • Genre: Real-time strategy
  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment


5. Battlefield 2


One of the best First person shooters for its time. Developed by Digital Illusions CE (DICE), with contributions by Trauma Studios. Battlefield 2 was published by Electronic Arts and is the third full game in the Battlefield series, released

  • Copies Sold: 11 million
  • Launch Date: June 21, 2005
  • Genre: Squad-based first-person shooter
  • Developer: Digital Illusions CE (DICE)
  • Publisher: EA Games


6. The Sims 3


The Sims franchise feature multiple times on the list as well.  Sims 3 is the sequel to the best-selling computer game, The Sims 2. It was first released on June 2, 2009 simultaneously for OS X and Microsoft Windows – both versions on the same disc.

  • Copies Sold: 10 million
  • Launch Date: June 2, 2009
  • Genre: Simulation
  • Developer: The Sims Studio
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts


7. Guild Wars

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Guild Wars, renamed later to Guild Wars Prophecies, is the first campaign of the Guild Wars series of Action RPGs, developed by the Seattle-based ArenaNet game developer studio, a subsidiary of South Korean game publisher NCsoft. Prophecies introduced players to the world of Guild Wars, known as Tyria, and premiered several elements that are now known as core components of the Guild Wars games.

  • Copies Sold: 6.5 million
  • Launch Date: April, 2005
  • Genre: Simulation
  • Developer: RPG
  • Publisher: NCsoft


8. The Sims

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  • Copies Sold: 16 million
  • Launch Date: February 4, 2000
  • Genre: Simulation
  • Developer: Maxis
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts


9. Myst


We’re surprised to see Myst on the list. Myst is a graphic adventure puzzle video game designed and directed by the brothers Robyn and Rand Miller. It was developed by Cyan (now Cyan Worlds). The Millers began working on Myst in 1991 and released it for the Mac OS computer on September 24, 1993; it was developer Cyan’s largest project to date.

  • Copies Sold: 6 million
  • Launch Date: September 1993
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Developer: Cyan
  • Publisher: Broderbund


10. The Sims 2

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  • Copies Sold: 20 million
  • Launch Date: September 14, 2004
  • Genre: Simulation
  • Developer: Maxis
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts



10. Half-Life

  • Copies Sold: 9.3 million
  • Launch Date: November 19, 1998
  • Genre: First-person shooter
  • Developer: Valve corporation
  • Publisher: Sierra Entertainment