Who won E3 2019? We have the data, and the data doesn't lie

1 day ago by James Mattone in Features, Trends

E3 2019 came and went, but something just feels different. Sony ($NYSE:SNE) and several other big names in gaming — Snap Inc. Games anyone? — weren't there, attendance was reportedly down, and journalists at the scene felt like something was off.

Even Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft's Xbox ($NASDAQ:MSFT), wasn't feeling the vibe down in SoCal, explicitely stating that, "I wish Sony was here."

But, the show must go on, and plenty of new games were shown there. Out of the companies that had a booth presence at the event, here's who won at E3 2019:

A split decision on GameStop, Amazon

We track sales rank data for Amazon ($NASDAQ:AMZN), one of the biggest e-commerce websites for video games, and GameStop ($NYSE:GME), which is falling under hard times as of late, but is still a frequent exclusivity partner for collector's editons of popular games.

At GameStop, Cyberpunk 2077, an action role-playing game (RPG) made by CD Projekt Red ($CDPROJEKTRED), not only beat out all other games announced at E3, it even toppled the perennial powerhouses known as gift cards. According to aggregated sales rank data from June 10 (the day it debuted on Gamestop's website) to June 14, Cyberpunk 2077 held the #1 and #3 spots in aggregated sales-rank for its PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Collectors Edition packs respectively. And, further down the list, its standard editions put in work too.

(Note: Italicized names are E3-announced games and products)

Name

Brand

Category Rank (Average)

Cyberpunk 2077 Collectors Edition

CD Projekt RED

1.75

PlayStation Store $10 Gift Card

SCEA

2.25

Cyberpunk 2077 Collectors Edition

WB Games

2.25

PlayStation Store $20 Gift Card

Sony Computer Entertainment

3.75

PlayStation Store $50 Gift Card

Sony Computer Entertainment

7.25

POP! Games: Disney's Kingdom Hearts - Sora (Lion Form) - E3 2019 Limited Edition - Only at GameStop

Funko

8.5

Final Fantasy VII Remake Deluxe Edition

Square Enix

8.66666666666667

$5 Xbox Gift Card

Microsoft

9.5

$20 Xbox Gift Card

Microsoft

10.25

POP! Games: The Witcher III - Ciri (Glow) - E3 2019 Limited Edition - Only at GameStop

Funko

10.5

Gears 5 Ultimate Collector's Edition and Jack Drone Complete Collector's Edition Bundle

11.25

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Dreamer Edition

Nintendo

11.5

PlayStation Store $25 Gift Card

Sony Computer Entertainment America

12.25

$10 Xbox Gift Card

Microsoft

13

PlayStation Plus 1 Year Membership

Sony Computer Entertainment

13.75

POP! Games: Overwatch  - Hanzo & Genji (2 Pack) - E3 2019 Limited Edition - Only at GameStop

Funko

15.5

Nintendo eShop Digital Card $50

Nintendo

16.5

Nintendo eShop Digital Card $20

Nintendo

17.25

$50 Xbox Gift Card

Microsoft

17.75

Fire Emblem: Three Houses Seasons of Warfare Edition

Nintendo

18.5

Pokemon Sword & Pokemon Shield Double Pack

Nintendo

19.5

Nintendo eShop $10 eCard

Nintendo

20

POP! Games: Borderlands - Maya - E3 2019 Limited Edition - Only at GameStop

Funko

20

DOOM Eternal Collector's Edition

Bethesda Softworks

20.3333333333333

POP! Games: Fortnite - Battle Hound (Glow) - E3 2019 Limited Edition - Only at GameStop

Funko

26.5

Google Play $10 eCard

InComm

27

Cyberpunk 2077

WB Games

29.75

Cyberpunk 2077

CD Projekt RED

30

Gears 5 Ultimate Edition

Microsoft

30.5

12-Month Xbox Live Gold Membership

Microsoft

30.75

Yes, not even the return of Cloud for Square Enix's ($SQUAREENIX) Final Fantasy VII remaster, nor Microsoft's much-anticipated Gears of War, nor the Nintendo ($TYO:7974) heavy hitters came close to how much Cyberpunk dominated the sales charts...

But that's only on GameStop.

Meanwhile on AmazonFinal Fantasy VII Remake Deluxe Edition dominated the sales-rank chart, topping the always-dangerous $10 PSN gift card. As for Cyberpunk 2077, its first reference on the sales rank charts is far below that of even old games, such as last September's killer app Spider-Man.

Name

Category Rank (Average)

Final Fantasy VII Remake - PlayStation 4 Deluxe Edition

1.66

$10 PlayStation Store Gift Card [Digital Code]

3.25

PlayStation Plus: 12 Month Membership [Digital Code]

3.25

Nintendo Amiibo - Link: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Series - Switch

3.5

Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening - Nintendo Switch

5

$20 PlayStation Store Gift Card [Digital Code]

5.5

Xbox Live Gold: 12 Month Membership [Digital Code]

6.5

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening: Dreamer Edition - Nintendo Switch

7.5

Marvel’s Spider-Man - PlayStation 4

7.75

Nintendo Amiibo - Snake - Super Smash Bros. Series - Switch

8

$25 PlayStation Store Gift Card [Digital Code]

9.25

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

10.75

$50 PlayStation Store Gift Card [Digital Code]

11

$10 Xbox Gift Card [Digital Code]

13.25

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Double Pack - Nintendo Switch

14

Nintendo Amiibo - Ivysaur - Super Smash Bros. Series - Switch

15.5

Hollow Knight - Nintendo Switch [Digital Code]

16

Nintendo Amiibo - Squirtle - Super Smash Bros. Series - Switch

18

DualShock 4 Wireless Controller for PlayStation 4 - Midnight Blue

19.5

Luigi's Mansion 3 Standard Edition - Nintendo Switch

20

God of War - Playstation 4

20

Collection of Mana - Nintendo Switch

20

Nintendo Switch – Neon Red and Neon Blue Joy-Con

21.25

amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Nintendo Switch 2017 (2-Pack)

21.5

$25 Xbox Gift Card [Digital Code]

21.75

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield Double Pack - Nintendo Switch

22

PlayStation Classic

22.25

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

22.25

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Nintendo Switch

22.5

Elite Series 2 Controller - Black

24.25

Doom Eternal - PlayStation 4 Collector's Edition

25

$20 Nintendo eShop Gift Card [Digital Code]

27.5

DualShock 4 Wireless Controller for PlayStation 4 - Magma Red

28

Pokemon Sword - Nintendo Switch

29

Cyberpunk 2077 - PlayStation 4

29.5

Is this a sign that Cyberpunk 2077 or Final Fantasy VII will be the best-selling game of 2019? Not neccesarily; the pre-orders just went up today, and many games, such as Nintendo's new Fire Emblem game, were on the market for much longer with a consistant sales rank.

Wait, wasn't Cyberpunk 2077 a big deal last year?

Yep, and it's gone back-to-back.

Last year, we pointed out that Cyberpunk 2077's launch trailer had the most views out of all the new E3 titles, clocking in at 12 million views with a ridiculously high like to dislike ratio.

Now, it seems the hype has carried over, especially with the inclusion of Keanu Reeves, who many felt ran away with the convention. It also says something about the state of this year's event; the biggest titles that made waves were already announced last year — don't get gamers started on how delayed the Final Fantasy VII remake was — and and we'll just have to wait until the fall — or even 2020 — to see if they pack any punch.

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James Mattone

James is the Associate Editor at Thinknum Media, and he has an interest in video games, music, and tech news. You can find him on Twitter @TheJamesMattone.

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