2016 Digital Sales Report: Console at $6.6 Billion, Black Ops 3 #1 With Nearly $600 Million

December 21, 2016 Written by Jason Dunning

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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 1Infinite 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:

  1. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  2. Battlefield 1
  3. FIFA 17
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  6. Watch Dogs 2
  7. NBA 2K17
  8. Madden NFL 17
  9. Gears of War 4
  10. Destiny

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:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – $591.1 million
  2. FIFA 16 – $387.4 million
  3. Grand Theft Auto V – $378.9 million
  4. The Division – $261.8 million
  5. Destiny – $214.1 million

Are you surprised to see Black Ops 3 finish nearly $200 million ahead of FIFA 16?

[Source: Super Data (1), (2), (3)]