Games are soaring – digital games are flying the highest

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Published on: 22/11/2018

It’s hardly a secret that video games and esports are at an all-time high at the moment – last month, we got one hell of a lot of new additions to our gaming libraries. There were so many new releases lately it’s hard to even keep track of them all. Most new releases lately have been on console.

Thankfully, someone other than us has kept track of things for us. The list of Top Grossing games this last month might surprise you a little – on PC, Dungeon Fighter Online, League of Legends, Crossfire, Fantasy Westward Journey Online II and Fortnite led the charge. The titles on this list aren’t new releases but games that have been around for some time and are still selling quite well.

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Popular titles like PUBG, CoD: Black Ops 4, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and the like are on the list too, but much further down. On Mobile, there are some interesting names as well – the top five are Honour of Kings, Pokemon Go, QQ Speed, Candy Crush Saga and Monster Strike.

Given that not too long ago it seemed like Pokemon Go was quite dead, it’s refreshing to see it make a recovery. Games like Clash Royale, Clash of Clans and similar titles did well too…just not quite as well as these five. On consoles – and arguably, the best recent releases were on console – things are not quite so surprising.

CoD: Black Ops 4 leads the charge, followed, unsurprisingly, by Red Dead Redemption 2, Fortnite, Fifa 19 and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Further down the list are the new Spider-Man, CoD: WWII and Forza Horizon 4. The two top titles here both did spectacularly well.

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Particularly amazing on that list is of course, Red Dead Redemption 2. In less than a week, the game sold 4 million digital units. Roughly 67% of them were bought on the PS4 – the game is actually headed for a pretty impressive record: If sales keep going as they have (which seems likely), the game is going to have the strongest-ever quarter of digital console sales.

That’s no small feat, especially given that the game had plenty of competition around its launch-date. It’s not the only title to achieve something amazing though – Fortnite’s revenue was 20 times higher than it was in October last year. Despite that, it’s still not as high as it has been – July this year, the game hit its peak.

Overall, global consumers spent a stunning $1.53 billion on digital console games alone. With the holidays coming up and Black Friday deals starting early, it’s not very surprising that taken year-over-year, console downloads are up by 80%, setting an all-time record.

The biggest factors in this epic increase were three games in particular – first and foremost Red Dead Redemption 2, Fortnite and CoD: Black Ops 4. This October was a milestone for digital games downloads – for the first time ever, they exceeded $1 billion in one month…and exceeded it by half that!

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Melanie H. - "MelanieH" | Esports writer and gamer

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