Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim made $1 billion in revenue in first 30 days

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim made $1 billion in revenues in its first 30 days on the market when it launched in 2011, which is $1.31bn with 2022 inflation.

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim made $1 billion in revenue in first 30 days
Published Sep 13, 2022 4:18 PM CDT
1 minute & 47 seconds read time

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim reportedly made $1 billion in revenues in its first 30 days on the market, according to information connected to a Bethesda marketing manager.

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim made  billion in revenue in first 30 days 2 | TweakTown.com

According to info spotted by numbers researcher Timur222 on Twitter, Skyrim could've made $1 billion in revenues in just one month of sales. The data comes by way of a LinkedIn profile for Alex Price, who served as the European brand and marketing manager for Bethesda from 2010 - 2013. Price mentions that Skyrim had "generated $1 billion in the first 30 days," which exceeded Bethesda's internal forecasts by 35%; if accurate, the publisher expected to make $650 million in revenues from Skyrim.

Interesting enough, this is the exact figure that Bethesda reported way back in December 2011. The publisher had announced Skyrim sold 10 million copies in its first month, representing $650 million in retail sales.

This seems to indicate that Bethesda's original press release announcement was an estimation and not the actual figures that reflected Skyrim's breakout success. It's also interesting to note that Skyrim made $1.3 billion with 2022's heavy inflation.

"Created a bold marketing strategy for Elders Scrolls V: Skyrim, which broke all genre records and was touted by Money Inc. as "one of the most successful games of all genres, on all platforms, of all time."

"Generated $1B in the first 30 days-outperforming forecasts by 35%."

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim made $1 billion in revenue in first 30 days 77 | TweakTown.com

While we don't know how much Skyrim has actually made across the last 11 years, we do know the game had sold 30 million copies as of 2016...which is 6 years ago.

With numbers like these it's no wonder why Microsoft bought Bethesda for $7.5 billion. The Elder Scrolls is clearly one of the most powerful video game franchises on the planet.

Skyrim is probably the most re-released game on the market today; it has been launched in multiple iterations including the base game in 2011, the Legendary Edition in 2013, Skyrim Special Edition in 2016, Skyrim on Switch and Skyrim VR on PSVR in 2017, Skyrim VR on the Vive and Oculus Rift in 2018, and the most recent Skyrim Anniversary Edition in 2021.

Buy at Amazon

Skyrim Anniversary Edition - Xbox One

TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago
$41.88$46.95$31.55
* Prices last scanned on 9/30/2022 at 4:31 pm CDT - prices may not be accurate, click links above for the latest price. We may earn an affiliate commission.

Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

Newsletter Subscription

    Related Tags

    Newsletter Subscription
    Latest News
    View More News
    Latest Reviews
    View More Reviews
    Latest Articles
    View More Articles
    Partner Content
    Advertise With Us