now offers their analysis of the worldwide digital games
market for December 2019. A couple of the conclusions they draw is that the
gamble of offering Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
without a season pass or paid
map packs is paying off, and that digital sales of Red Dead Redemption 2
than doubled once the game was released on Steam a month after launching on the
Epic Games Store and elsewhere. Here's the new chart:
spending on digital games reached an all-time high of $9.8B in December 2019, up
8% year-over-year. Substantial year-over-year growth in mobile revenue (28%)
more than offset falling Console and PC earnings (down 25% and 4%,
respectively). Console spending was down partially due to shrinking Fortnite
revenue (December 2018 was the title’s highest-earning month ever) and also due
to fewer major premium games being released in late 2019 compared to the 2018
|Top Grossing Titles by Category
Worldwide, ranked by December 2019 earnings
||League of Legends
||Call of Duty: Modern
||Clash of Clans
||Star Wars Jedi: Fallen
||Candy Crush Saga
||Fantasy Westward Online II
Theft Auto V
||Red Dead Redemption 2
||Last Shelter: Survival
Gardenscapes - New Acres
Duty: Modern Warfare
||Madden NFL 20
Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
||Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six:
Master Chief Collection
|Source: SuperData Arcade. Please
for more info.
© 2020 SuperData. A Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved
A NIELSEN COMPANY
Clash of Clans from Supercell had its best month ever, more
than seven years after its launch. The game earned $158.2M in December 2019
as content updates and holiday sales resulted in growth of monthly active users
(MAU) and conversion rates.
A gamble on a new business model paid off for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
Unlike past games in the franchise, Modern Warfare did not offer a season pass
or paid map packs and monetized exclusively through battle pass sales and
microtransactions. Despite this, Modern Warfare revenue in Q4 2019 was 4% higher
than Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII during its launch quarter. In December 2019,
the first month Modern Warfare players could purchase in-game content, spending
reached $78.7M, nearly as much as was spent on Black Ops IIII in-game content
during that game’s entire first quarter ($92.9M).
Grand Theft Auto V had its best month since December 2017. The game
earned $84.7M across Console and PC as discounts drove downloads. Additionally,
the release of the Diamond Casino Heist content update, a follow up to the
highly successful July 2019 Diamond Casino and Resort update, resulted in
increased spending on premium currency.
Red Dead Redemption 2 received a substantial boost after launching on Steam.
Digital unit sales more than doubled from 406K in November to 1.0M in December.
The game became available on Steam on December 5, one month after releasing
elsewhere including the Epic Games Store and Rockstar Games Launcher. This brief
exclusivity window was advertised in advance, so many players simply waited a
short period to play the game on their preferred launcher.