2013's Top Free-to-Play Games

SuperData Research offers their accounting of the worldwide top 10 grossing free-to-play games for all of 2013 (thanks GameSpot). Perhaps surprisingly, the top earner on their list came pretty close to $1 billion in revenue. Here's what they report:

  1. Crossfire, $957 million
  2. League of Legends, $624 million
  3. Dungeon Fighter Online $426 million
  4. World of Tanks, $372 million
  5. Maplestory, $326 million
  6. Lineage I, $257 million
  7. World of Warcraft, $213 million
  8. Star Wars: The Old Republic, $139 million
  9. Team Fortress 2, $139 million
  10. Counter-Strike Online, $121 million
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Panickd wrote on Jan 20, 2014, 14:19:
Getting info from public companies is pretty easy but Valve is a private entity doesn't disclose any of it's earnings for anything other than a few vague references. How do they know what CS and TF2 are earning?

It's actually not that hard to extrapolate TF2 revenue, especially given the figures they released earlier this month. More than 90% of all TF2 content is made by community members, and they earn 25% of the revenue for their item selling. $400,000 was paid out to those creators in the first week of this year, so multiply by four and you get $1.6+ million in revenue in one week. It's a rough estimate, to be sure, especially since royalties are only paid out for direct sales; I don't think they share the money from selling keys used to open random loot crates or earned as a percentage of items traded on the market, etc. But what these guys have here is in the ballpark, including guess-timations as to what those other factors contribute.
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