2016 Digital Sales Report: Console at $6.6 Billion, Black Ops 3 #1 With Nearly $600 Million
According to SuperData, the worldwide digital games market in November 2016 grew 13% year-over-year to finish at $6.7 billion. By category, console saw the biggest gain (35%), with mobile up 19%, Premium PC up 18%, Free-to-Play MMO up 3%, and Social up 2%.
Despite the big increase in digital console revenue thanks to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Battlefield 1, Infinite Warfare was actually down 27% from Black Ops 3 in the same month last year.
Here’s the top ten grossing console games by worldwide digital revenue for November 2016, according to SuperData:
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
- Battlefield 1
- FIFA 17
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
- Watch Dogs 2
- NBA 2K17
- Madden NFL 17
- Gears of War 4
Looking at mobile, Pokemon GO was #1 with $128 million, while Clash of Clans and Clash Royale made a combined $210 million.
SuperData also released their 2016 Year in Review, revealing that it “was the biggest year in digital games and playable media ever.” Total industry revenue was over $91 billion, with $41 billion of that spent on mobile gaming. PC was at $34 billion, with console at $6.6 billion. “The move improves margins across the board, and allows publishers to generate revenue through the sales of add-on content, expansion packs, and micro-transactions,” Super Data said of the console results.
Here’s the top five grossing premium console games by worldwide digital revenue for 2016, according to SuperData:
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – $591.1 million
- FIFA 16 – $387.4 million
- Grand Theft Auto V – $378.9 million
- The Division – $261.8 million
- Destiny – $214.1 million
Are you surprised to see Black Ops 3 finish nearly $200 million ahead of FIFA 16?