The gaming industry is among one of the fastest growing and the most heavily invested sectors of this era. Worth around almost $100 billion annually, the industry is becoming more digitalized than ever. According to a new report by intelligence firm SuperData Research, digital game sales reached a whopping $6.1 billion in August, exhibiting a staggering increase of 11 percent year-over-year.
While there are many games to thank for this, analysis shows that the console gaming branch was led by long-time gaming legend Call of Duty. On the other hand, the PC market has been dominated by titles like League of Legends and World of Warcraft. Unsurprisingly, the mobile gaming service is currently being led by Pokémon Go.
But, there’s a slight twist here. No Man’s Sky, the sci-fi universe-exploring game, has somehow managed to make it to number 2 on the ranking table. This game, along with Pokemon Go, helped get even more people to spend a significant portion of their gaming dollars on downloadable games and items as opposed to at retailers.
A batch of successful releases across console, PC, and mobile drove double digit year-over-year gains in market growth.
SuperData analyst and chief executive officer Joost van Dreunen said in a statement.
Looking at the whole spectacle individually, console gaming sales grew by over 16 percent year-over-year to $399 million. This is all thanks to Call of Duty, No Man’s Sky and the superhit title Grand Theft Auto V from the evergreen series.
Digital PC gaming sales, on the other hand, grew by 21 percent when compared to last year’s $401 million — all thanks to the regularly top games LoL and WoW. Micro-transactions in PC games also grew 8 percent year-over-year to $1.41 billion.
Pokémon Go pushed the mobile market to $3.04 billion in revenue.
said van Dreunen.
[That’s] 16 percent higher than the same month last year.
Meanwhile, here’s the whole lineup of games that have been leading the charge for each platform over the past few months — just in case you’re wondering or if you need some new, great titles to try your hands at.
|1. League of Legends||1. Call of Duty: Black Ops III||1. Pokémon Go|
|2. World of Warcraft||2. No Man’s Sky||2. Monster Strike|
|3. CrossFire||3. Grand Theft Auto V||3. Mobile Strike|
|4. Dungeon Fighter Online||4. FIFA 16||4. Clash of Clans|
|5. Overwatch||5. Madden NFL17||5. Game of War: Fire Age|
|6. No Man’s Sky||6. Tom Clancy’s The Division||6. Fantasy Westward Journey|
|7. World of Tanks||7. Overwatch||7. Puzzle & Dragons|
|8. DOTA 2||8. Star Wars: Battlefront||8. Clash Royale|
|9. Fantasy Westward Journey Online II||9. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End||9. Candy Crush Saga|
|10. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive||10. Fallout 4||10. Clash of Kings|