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Electronic Arts


said it has sold 5 million copies globally of its first-person shooter title

Battlefield 3

in its first week, making it the video game publisher's fastest selling game ever.

EA is banking that the game will take market share away from category leader



Call of Duty

series, which is set to release its newest title,

Modern Warfare 3

, in around two weeks.

EA attributed high retail sales of

Battlefield 3

to strong critical reviews. The game's Xbox 360 version has an 85 rating out of 100 on entertainment review site Metacritic.

Last week,

Battlefield 3

was hit with technical difficulties following its launch on Oct. 25, as users were kicked off mid-game and experienced difficulties connecting to the game's server.

"While some players experienced intermittent disruption of online services due to high volume, internal estimates show that servers and service uptime stabilized to roughly 98.9% throughout the weekend, ensuring that players were connected and enjoying the game," EA said in a statement.


Battlefield 3

, EA is also slated to release its highly anticipated massive multiplayer online game

Star Wars: The Old Republic

in December. The title will go up against Activision's

World of Warcraft


Shares of Electronic Arts fell 3.1% Monday to close at $23.35.


Written by Olivia Oran in New York


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