SuperData: Digital Games Market Grew 15% in October, Single-Player Games “Still Have Legs”
A new SuperData report has revealed that the worldwide digital games market grew by 15 percent this October as players spent $8.5 billion across console, mobile and PC. This is up from $7.4 billion spent in October 2016.
SuperData claims that while multiplayer games are in the spotlight, it’s not all doom and gloom for single-player games as they “still have legs.” In October, South Park: The Fractured but Whole, Middle Earth: Shadow of War, and Assassin’s Creed: Origins collectively generated more than $160 million through digital full game sales. However, SuperData doesn’t expect either of these games to enjoy long-term success because single-player games are “harder to monetize through microtransactions.”
Elsewhere in the report, we’re told that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite are engaged in a tight competition. Fortnite Battle Royale’s monthly active userbase grew larger than PUBG‘s during the month of October but Fortnite is raking in only a fraction of the revenue that PUBG generates due to Epic’s title being free-to-play.
Here are October’s top 10 games on console (digital):
- FIFA 18
- Middle-Earth: Shadow of War
- Destiny 2
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Assassin’s Creed Origins
- NBA 2k18
- Forza Motorsport 7
- South Park: The Fractured But Whole
- Madden NFL 18
- Gran Turismo Sport
For more insights, check out SuperData’s report.