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Consumers continue to spend more money on digital game downloads and microtransactions.
Digital game sales reached $6.1 billion in August, according to intelligence firm SuperData Research. That’s up 11 percent year-over-year. As always, games like League of Legends, Overwatch, and Clash of Clans contributed a bulk of that total. But sci-fi universe-exploring game No Man’s Sky and mobile monster-catching sim Pokémon Go helped get even more people spending their gaming dollars on downloadable games and items as opposed to at retailers. The gaming industry is a $99.6 billion business annually, and the balance of power is slowly shifting away from physical media.
“A batch of successful releases across console, PC, and mobile drove double digit year-over-year gains in market growth,” SuperData analyst and chief executive officer Joost van Dreunen said in a statement.
Spending on digital console products grew 16 percent year-over-year to $399 million. Perennial hit Call of Duty led that charge, but No Man’s Sky was No. 2 ahead of another long-time hit Grand Theft Auto V. World of Warcraft’s latest expansion, meanwhile, fueled growth in digital PC spending 21 percent to $401 million. Finally, the pocket monsters were super effective on mobile.
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“Pokémon Go pushed the mobile market to $3.04 billion in revenue,” said van Dreunen. “[That’s] 16 percent higher than the same month last year.”
Finally, spending on microtransactions in PC games grew 8 percent year-over-year to $1.41 billion. Only premium-priced MMOs and social gaming on platforms like Facebook experienced any decline, down 4 percent to $226 million and down 2 percent to $604 million, respectively.
Here are the top-grossing digital games on PC, console, and mobile:
- League of Legends
- World of Warcraft
- Dungeon Fighter Online
- No Man’s Sky
- World of Tanks
- DOTA 2
- Fantasy Westward Journey Online II
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III
- No Man’s Sky
- Grand Theft Auto V
- FIFA 16
- Madden NFL17
- Tom Clancy’s The Division
- Star Wars: Battlefront
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
- Fallout 4
- Pokémon Go
- Monster Strike
- Mobile Strike
- Clash of Clans
- Game of War: Fire Age
- Fantasy Westward Journey
- Puzzle & Dragons
- Clash Royale
- Candy Crush Saga
- Clash of Kings
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