Worldwide digital games market: September 2017

Digital games revenue grows 15% worldwide in September. Players spent $8.3 billion across console, mobile and PC in September, up from $7.2 billion in the same month last year. Growth was underpinned by a 25% jump in console digital revenue on the back of rising download rates for new releases such as Destiny 2. This more than offset a double-digit declines in pay-to-play and significant drop in social revenue.

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    • PLAYERUNKNOWN’s Battlegrounds has overtaken two titans of PC games—World of Warcraft and Crossfire—in September revenue.
    • Destiny 2 has become the fastest-selling digital console game in a launch month.
    • Divinity: Original Sin 2 shows single-player games still have a draw with consumers.

    Destiny 2 has the largest digital launch ever on consoleDestiny 2’s highly-anticipated launch resulted in digital unit sales up significantly from Destiny 1 back in September 2014. This marks a new record for the most digital units sold by a console game within a single month, edging out the previous record holder Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.

    FIFA and NBA 2K continue to expand their reach with new releases. The sports franchises show little signs of slowing down. FIFA 18 console digital units came in significantly up from FIFA 17 last September despite a later release date this year, while NBA 2K18 console sales also saw a healthy jump.

    Divinity: Original Sin 2 builds on success of single player PC games. Larian Studio’s new RPG sold an impressive 660,000 digital units on PC during its launch month. This places it among other recent successful single-player-centric games such as Nier: Automata and Horizon Zero Dawn.

    Top 10 games by Platform:

PC

  1. League of Legends
  2. Fantasy Westward Journey Online II
  3. Dungeon Fighter Online
  4. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  5. Crossfire
  6. World of Warcraft
  7. World of Tanks
  8. Divinity: Original Sin 2
  9. Overwatch
  10. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Console

  1. Destiny 2
  2. FIFA 18
  3. NBA 2k18
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. FIFA 17
  6. Battlefield 1
  7. Madden NFL 18
  8. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  9. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  10. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Mobile

  1. Fantasy Westward Journey
  2. Honour of Kings
  3. Clash Royale
  4. Monster Strike
  5. Fate/Grand Order
  6. Candy Crush Saga
  7. Clash of Clans
  8. Dragon Chronicles
  9. Lineage 2 Revolution
  10. Lineage M