September 2015 Digital Sales Report: Console up 29%, “Destiny: The Taken King Drove Sales up Massively”

October 22, 2015 Written by Jason Dunning

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With the NPD’s September 2015 report for US retail sales available, SuperData has released its report on global digital game sales for September 2015.

According to SuperData, worldwide digital game sales for September 2015 were at $5.4 billion, up 11% compared to September 2014. For a breakdown, digital console sales were up 29% to $326 million, mobile was up 9% to $2 billion, and the pay-to-play MMO category was down 8% to $213 million.

SuperData’s Joost van Dreunen talked about some of the interesting results:

What jumped out at me was the incredible momentum behind digital console sales. … This is just a few years after a lot of people were speculating about the ‘death of the console.’ Not only is the current install base well above expectations, but both publishers and consumers alike have adopted digital distribution.

For example, Destiny: The Taken King drove sales up massively, tripling month-over-month. That’s a really strong sign of life for an industry that was assumed dead not too long ago.

Here’s the top 5 selling console games of September 2015, ranked by worldwide revenues across digital platforms:

  1. FIFA 16
  2. Destiny
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Metal Gear Solid V
  5. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

On PC, Metal Gear Solid V was #1, followed by Mad Max, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Grand Theft Auto V, and Guild Wars 2.

[Source: SuperData Research, Games Industry, Games Beat]