Ubisoft announced its open-world hacking game Watch Dogs has sold-through more than 4 million copies in its first week of availability based on NPD and GFK data and internal estimates as of June 3, 2014. Watch Dogs is also the company’s best-selling game ever in week one period, according to internal estimates for Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs worldwide sales data for all platforms as of June 3, 2014.
"With such strong sales momentum and positive feedback from gamers, Watch Dogs has positioned itself as the must-have game of the moment," said Tony Key, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Ubisoft. "We’re really proud of this achievement, and are confident that the Watch Dogs brand has a promising future."
While the game is doing very well at retail, Ubisoft earned a fair share of negative press concerning connectivity to its Uplay DRM servers on PC and consoles. Because the game needs to validate itself before it can be played by connecting to Uplay, many gamers had trouble even getting the game to start. This was likely due to the high number of sales of the game, which in turn tested the servers for the Ubisoft-created DRM scheme.