Worldwide digital games market: December 2017

The worldwide digital video games market grew 17% year-over-year in December. Continuing their decline, the Social and Pay-to-Play segments shrank 4% and 10%, respectively. The Premium PC segment saw the greatest growth this month, up 28%, while the Console market grew 15% year-over-year due to the large triple-A release slate this holiday season. Mobile and Free-to-play segments continue to grow, 27% and 3%, respectively.

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  • Global digital games market sees incredible holiday quarter, up 19% from 2016
  • Call of Duty WW2 sets record for digital unit sales for a console title in a quarter.
  • Destiny 2’s new DLC release, Curse of Osiris, failed to make a significant impact on the game. MAU and digital revenue were generally flat month-over-month.
  • Fortnite continues to grow as a serious PUBG
  • Grand Theft Auto V achieves another record-breaking month for its Online The game’s Online revenue surpassed the last peak in June.

Worldwide digital spending grew 17% in December. Gamers spent almost $10 billion digitally on games across all platforms in December. Growth came primarily from an increase in Premium PC, Console, and Mobile.

PLAYERUNKNOWN’s Battlegrounds’ success continues and competitors respond. Xbox owners waited patiently for PUBG to make its way on console and responded by buying more than 2 million digital units during launch month. Meanwhile, mobile PUBG clones Knives Out and Rules of Survival both have had successful launches.

Call of Duty WW2 ended the year on a high note. The new Call of Duty had the best quarter of digital unit sales ever for a console title.

Grand Theft Auto V set another record month. GTA V Online broke its previous revenue record back in June 2017, making it the title’s best month to date for its multiplayer segment.

Fortnite Battle Royale earned $89 million in December.  Epic Games’ entry into the Battle Royale arena continues to reach new heights on both console and PC, with a close-to-even audience split on both platforms.

  • Top 10 games by Platform:

PC:

  1. League of Legends
  2. Dungeon Fighter Online
  3. Crossfire
  4. Fantasy Westward Journey Online II
  5. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  6. Fornite: Battle Royale
  7. World of Warcraft
  8. World of Tanks
  9. Roblox
  10. Overwatch

Console:

  1. Call of Duty: WWII
  2. FIFA 18
  3. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  4. Star Wars Battlefront 2
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. NBA 2K18
  7. Destiny 2
  8. Fortnite: Battle Royale

Mobile:

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