According to Superdata’s latest report, digital game sales worldwide increased by 9% YoY reaching $7.7 billion in April.
The report claimed that the key growth areas were in mobile with an 8% YoY increase along with the free-to-play segment that grew by 27%. This was offset by declines in social, premium PC, console, and pay-to-play segments.
PLAYERUNKNOWN’s Battlegrounds topped April’s premium PC digital revenue reaching $34million despite being in Early Access whilst Mass Effect: Andromeda and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands experienced sharp declines in digital revenue in April, “possibly due to mediocre reviews.” US digital revenue was up from April 2016 but down from March 2017 however overall it showed year-on-year growth.
EA’s FIFA 17 and Battlefield 1 were the top grossing console titles in April dominating the rankings and Overwatch’s MAU and MTX (micro-transactions) revenue reached a new high mainly due to the new Uprising update. GTA V digital revenue was also up from last year, primarily driven by a rise in GTA V Online micro-transaction revenue on the back of the “Tiny Racers” update.
Top grossing titles worldwide, ranked by April 2017 earnings:
- League of Legends
- New Westward Journey Online II
- Dungeon Fighter Online
- World of Warcraft
- World of Tanks
- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
- World of Warcraft (East)
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
- FIFA 17
- Battlefield 1
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III
- Persona 5
- NBA 2k17