Worldwide digital games market: January 2017

The global games software market’s total digital revenue in January 2017 increased by 9.8% from 2016 to $7.47 billion.

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SuperData Research Top 10 Games

  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare continues to slide, down 41% from Black Ops III.
  • Ark: Survival Evolved maintains unusual non-AAA streak in top 10 console
  • 2013’s Grand Theft Auto V sees sales growth from January 2016.

The global digital games market saw a healthy 9.8% year-over-year rise in January, to $7.47 billion as the holiday season spills over into the new year. Digital console and premium PC led the charge with 32% and 34% year-over-year rises respectively. The shift to digital for the console market shows no signs of a slow-down, particularly in the US where the segment rose 43%.

Title news

Grand Theft Auto V maintains holiday momentumGrand Theft Auto V held the number 2 spot on the top 10 console list, showing continued stamina for the 2013 game, with sales up from January of last year. Likewise, GTA Online grew year-over-year, continuing the trend of seemingly unstoppable game.

Ark: Survival Evolved continues upward swing. Launching on PS4 in December, the game is an unusual standout on the AAA-publisher-heavy top 10 console list. In January, the game continued a rise as it becomes popular on the latest generation of platforms and took the number 4 slot, ahead of titles like Battlefield 1.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has a sharp decline again. Infinite Warfare continued to slip, down 41% from Black Ops 3 in the prior year. This was partially offset by another month of solid average selling price growth thanks to continued sales of the Modern Warfare bundle.

Zynga Poker sees positive string of results. Zynga Poker revenue had its strongest month in years, with $13 million in revenue, up 94% from the same month last year. Conversion of 4.9% is the highest reported monthly rate since launch. This marks the fourth consecutive month with revenue growth for the rather old title.