Digital Game Sales Reach All Time High, Says SuperData
Digital video game sales, including downloadable content (DLC) sales and mobile games, are on the rise. SuperData reports that the global digital games market grew seven percent in March, reaching a new all time high.
The market has reportedly reached $8 billion dollars this year. Free-to-play games and DLC from console games are driving the growth, according to SuperData’s report. PC and social gaming have remained steady since the start of the year.
Digital revenue in the United States is growing almost twice as fast as the global average – up by 15 percent in March, according to the report. Digital downloads by console users was up 17 percent, while free-to-play and mobile grew by 12 percent and 21 percent, respectively.
These numbers are even more impressive considering sales from the last holiday season which failed to meet most projections. Much of the growth can be attributed to surprise hits title releases that were timed perfectly in march including Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands and Nier: Automata.
Total U.S. digital revenue for the month of March was $1.46 billion. SuperData broke down this revenue total with a complete list of the top-selling digital game content throughout the month.
Unsurprisingly, League of Legends still held the number one spot on PC and Clash Royale was the number one Mobile. The surprise was Wildlands, which beat both FIFA 17 and Battlefield 1 for the number one spot on console. Overwatch fell to the number eight spot on PC, as did Pokemon GO on Mobile.