December 2020 worldwide digital games market report
is now online, breaking
down and analyzing video game sales for the month. They say the $12 billion in
sales is a 15% increase year over year from 2019 and the highest total they've
ever recorded. In addition they report that Cyberpunk 2077 had the biggest game
launch of all time based on digital revenue and digital units sold, even
accounting for refunds. Here's the new chart and what they have to say about
Digital games closed out 2020 with $12.0B in December, which was a
15% growth from the prior year and the highest monthly revenue total ever.
Mobile earnings were up 5% year-over-year and console earnings grew 16%. PC
games revenue, however, jumped 40% largely thanks to the release of Cyberpunk
|Top Grossing Titles by Category
Worldwide, ranked by December 2020 earnings
Duty: Black Ops Cold War
||League of Legends
||World of Warcraft West
||Dungeon Fighter Online
Theft Auto V
||Candy Crush Saga
||Assassin's Creed Valhalla
||Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 +
||World of Tanks
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Cyberpunk 2077 had the biggest game launch of all time based
on digital revenue and digital units sold (10.2M)*. A successful marketing
campaign and the reputation of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt provided the hype
necessary for the CD Projekt Red title to break records despite issues including
performance problems on consoles, widespread glitches and the indefinite removal
of the game from the PlayStation Store. An extremely high share of digital sales
(80%) were on PC, likely due to the delisting on PlayStation and overall state
of the console versions. Regardless of the short-term financial success, the
critical backlash means the developer will now have to invest significant
resources fixing the game in order to rehabilitate its image before the launch
of its next title.
On PC and console, Fortnite earnings were at their highest since August 2020,
and player numbers were larger than at any point since August 2019.
High-profile events and collaborations continue to draw people to the shooter.
December began with a limited-time Marvel Comics event that brought in a record
15.3M concurrent players. This was followed by the release of cosmetic items
from franchises including Star Wars, Halo and The Walking Dead.
The release of the Cayo Perico Heist for Grand Theft Auto V resulted in the
game’s highest monthly digital earnings ever. The update for the multiplayer
Grand Theft Auto Online mode marked the first time the seven-year-old game
received a new open-world area for players to explore. Player numbers also grew
46% from November levels but did not exceed totals achieved earlier in 2020.
Among Us player numbers fell from their November peak, but the game was still
2.8 times as popular as the next most-popular game, Roblox. The title also
launched on Nintendo Switch in December. This edition sold 3.2M copies and was
the highest-earning version of the game for the month.
* These estimates do include digital copies that have been refunded, but our
data shows that refunds did not substantially affect the game's aggregate sales.