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.