Digital spending on console games is up 80% year-on-year


We’re always keen to see what’s happening around digital trends in the games market, and research firm SuperData has some new numbers to pore over. It claims that people spent $1.53bn digitally on console games in October alone, up 80% year-on-year. This includes Red Dead Redemption 2 selling an estimated 4m digital units in less than a week, as well as Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 selling 4.2m units over the month of October – both helping that be the first month ever when digital sales of full console games generated more than $1bn.

The rest of the $1.53bn total comes from in-game spending, with Fortnite remaining one of the most popular console titles in that regard. While SuperData didn’t give a number, it did say that “Fortnite revenue was up sequentially, and more than 20x what it made last October” – although its biggest month to date was actually July. Note, these figures all focus on consoles: so (for example) mobile-game revenues aren’t included. In the first half of 2018, the average monthly spend on mobile games was around $4.43bn according to another research firm, SensorTower.

Stuart Dredge

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