Huge games led to a huge December for digital revenues in the gaming industry, claims industry-tracking firm SuperData Research. Gaming fans spent nearly $10 billion on digital gaming content last month worldwide. Those huge results came as major hits like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Fortnite: Battle Royale, Call of Duty: WWII, and GTA Online all generated millions in sales.
“Worldwide digital spending grew 17 percent in December,” reads SuperData’s report. “Gamers spent almost $10 billion digitally on games across all platforms in December. Growth came primarily from an increase in premium PC, console, and mobile.”
Here’s SuperData’s top 10 top-grossing games on each of those platforms:
While a lot of familiar favorites continue to perform well, some of the new games or entries in a franchise delivered in a big way in December. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the battle royale shooter from PUBG Corp., surpassed 2 million digital copies sold in December on Xbox One alone. Fortnite: Battle Royale, PUBG’s biggest competitor, generated $89 million in revenues last month.
“Epic Games’ entry into the Battle Royale arena continues to reach new heights on both console and PC, with a close-to-even audience split on both platforms,” reads SuperData’s report.
“The new Call of Duty had the best quarter of digital unit sales ever for a console title,” SuperData’s report reads. “[And] GTA V Online broke its previous revenue record back in June 2017, making it the title’s best month to date for its multiplayer segment.”
It’s probably worth noting that Star Wars: Battlefront 2 is on this chart at No. 4, and that was all due to its full-game downloads. Battlefront 2 no longer supports in-game digital purchases, but it had a strong last month of the year thanks to the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in theaters.
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