Worldwide digital games market: June 2017

The worldwide digital video games market grew 12% year-over-year in June. The PC segment continues its hard comparison to last year’s Overwatch release period, dropping 16% year-over-year. Social continues to decline as well, with revenue dropping 5%. In contrast, mobile continues its climb, growing 17% year-over-year. Free-to-play MMO and pay-to-play MMO grew 15% and 6%, respectively. Console grew 12% due, in part, to an increasing consumer interest to digital full game downloads and additional content purchases.

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  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogyhas made a surprising debut for a game whose franchise has not been prominent for almost 20 years, released on only one platform, and had only one day in June to generate revenue.
  • Despite negative press over community-created-mods decisions, Grand Theft Auto Onlineexperienced its most successful month this June on the back of their newest DLC.
  • DOTA 2 continues to climb the Free-to-play MMO top 10 due to the crowd-funding activity toward the prize pool for their largest yearly tournament, “The International”. The prize pool is currently at $22 million.

US digital revenue grew almost 10% in June year-over-year. Growth came primarily from digital console revenue due to additional content. Mobile was also up year-over-year, but we expect this to slow in the next couple of months when compared against last summer’s Pokemon GO launch.

Grand Theft Auto Online hits a new high. June marks a new monthly high for the nearly four-year-old title, driven by the recent “Gunrunning” update in GTA Online.

Honour of Kings shows stability as the top mobile game worldwide. We estimate Honour of Kingsmade over $150 million in June. Month-over-month growth has been relatively stagnant so far year-to-date, after skyrocketing throughout 2016, but shows no signs of dropping off.

Tekken 7 makes the top 10 console and PC lists at launch. The latest iteration in the Tekken series sold well over 200,000 digital units across console and PC worldwide during its launch month.

Pokemon GO comes back to life after Raids update. Pokemon GO total in-game revenue in June is up significantly from May, following the release of a popular new update. Revenue may continue to tick up as we get into the summer, but will still be way off the peak in August of last year.