Eidos plc announces that its video game based on the hit TV quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? has sold over one million copies in the UK, making it the fastest selling game to date. This feat was confirmed in the latest chart for the week ending 27th January 2001, as published by Chart-Track. The game is now the second biggest selling game ever in UK Chart history behind Tomb Raider II.
In addition, Eidos has signed a deal extension with Celador International to publish Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? in Australia, Italy, Portugal and Republic of Ireland. Eidos now has the publishing rights to the game in a total of 11 countries (UK, Germany, France, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Australia, Italy, Portugal and Republic of Ireland).
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? includes all the TV show's classic features such as 'Ask The Audience', 'Phone-A-Friend' and '50:50'. The game, which was released on 29th September on PlayStation, PC and Dreamcast, claimed the coveted UK Christmas No1. slot and was also the best selling game of last year.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, created by Celador International, was first screened in the UK in September 1998 and its UK audience figures have reached over 19 million. The programme currently airs in 55 countries worldwide with a further 25 countries having licensed or optioned the format. The UK game was developed by Hothouse Creations based in Bristol.
Jonathan Kemp, European managing director of Eidos says: "This is fantastic news, having shipped in one million units up to Christmas, it is great to see that only a few weeks later we have sold through that number. I would like to thank everybody who has contributed to the phenomenal success of Who Wants To Be Millionaire? and we will be aiming to continue this success throughout Europe and Australia".
Adrian Woolfe, head of marketing and commercial affairs at Celador International says: "We are thrilled that the 'Millionaire' PC and Console games have been so well received by the public and are delighted that the format continues to be of such enjoyment to so many people. We are looking forward to working with Eidos on the international versions of the game".
Chris Tarrant, host of the TV show says: "I'm thrilled how the success of the TV show has been translated into a video game. It's great to know the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? game is a hit in so many British homes."