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Konami: PES has “lost ground” to FIFA in UK but EA’s stats show “a fair bit of manipulation”

Tuesday, 8th November 2011 19:56 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Jon Murphy, PES team leader, has admitted the Pro Evolution Soccer series has “lost ground” to FIFA in the UK, but feels EA’s figures which state it is outselling the Konami franchise 25:1 show “a fair bit of” statistical manipulation.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Murphy said EA’s figures don’t provide “the full picture” across all territories.

“I think right now, there’s been a fair bit of manipulation of statistics to suit people,” he said. “When you say ‘on the back foot’, I totally disagree. We’re now on the front foot in terms of quality of product and in terms of innovation. We believe sales will follow.”

With a strong PES following in Europe, and the more popular of the two in Japan, Murphy said the firm needs to continue to up the bar annually, and doesn’t feel there needs to be a change in release scheduling.

“For the time being I don’t see a change in the way that PES is released,” answered Murphy, when asked about Konami’s annual strategy. “That may change as the market develops.”

Konami announced in its latest financial statement that Pro Evo moved 2.93 million copies during the first half of the current fiscal year. These figures have brought the game’s unit total to 7.36 million sold worldwide.

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  1. daytripper

    “We’re now on the front foot in terms of quality of product and in terms of innovation. We believe sales will follow.”

    delusional

    #1 3 years ago
  2. gomersoul

    I was a pro evo man through and through since it was iss pro on the psone. never bought a fifa, until this year. years of mild improvements and the lack of any decent new features have killed it for me. Only thing pro evo had over fifa was ease of play and the master league. Now i spend my time on ultimate team which is at least a new idea.
    The same commentary every year and even the menu style has barely changed, the difference between pes2011 and pes2012 was nearly nothing. They need to step it up a notch to claw the sales figures back IMO

    #2 3 years ago
  3. viralshag

    I just think Konami have lost it. They can’t seem to raise their game to a competing level with EA. It’s been what, three years on the trot where imo, Pro has not even come close to FIFA in almost any regard.

    @1, Pretty much.

    @2, Master League was the business. Best part to me about Pro.

    #3 3 years ago