Over the past decade the Christmas number one single has been dominated, almost exclusively, by either X Factor winners or charity songs.
In the video game equivalent, a similar duopoly exits between the FIFA franchise, made by EA Sports, and Activision’s Call of Duty series.
So it’s unsurprising to see the two latest offerings from each developer battle it out for this festive seasons’ crown.
It was the popular football game that managed to get their nose in front of the shoot ’em up sim 12 months ago, as an 18 per cent rise in sales during the week before Christmas lifted it above Call of Duty: Ghosts.
However that was the first time the franchise had seen in the festive season on top of the pile since FIFA 09 took glory in 2008.
That year aside, Call of Duty had been given the ultimate game sales honour in each year since the release of Modern Warfare in 2007.
But while the betting would like you to believe this is a two-game race, the current charts indicate that other titles could provide a challenge.
FIFA 15 sits fourth in the list, which takes all sales up to November 15 into account, with Call of Duty in first spot.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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