Superdata says League of Legends makes more money than any other game you play

Let’s just get this out of the way: Superdata is a research firm that sells its data analysis. It doesn’t disclose its methodology or sources if you don’t pony up for them. However, what it does make public is worth mulling over, and this week the company released top 10 lists for console games, PC games, and mobile games by gross revenue. If you’ve been paying any attention at all, the numbers won’t surprise you: The firm has named League of Legends the world’s “top-grossing digital game“:

“Riot’s League of Legends shows no signs of slowing down as December proved to be the game’s highest-earning month in its history. Close followers were Clash of Clans ($1.3B), CrossFire ($1.1B) and Dungeon Fighter Online ($1.05B) rounding out last year’s titles that earned over a billion dollars. Despite not being a household names in the west, games like CrossFire and Dungeon Fighter Online perform well thanks to the strength and momentum in markets like South Korea and China.”

The PC revenue chart is entirely online games, a number of them true MMOs, for that matter, including Dungeon Fighter Online, World of Warcraft, World of Tanks, Lineage, and Maplestory.

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The only game even close to an MMO on the console top-10 was Destiny, clocking in at #4 with $291M, well behind Call of Duty’s #1 $355M showing. On the mobile list, frontrunner Clash of Clans pulled in almost twice as much as its closest competitor.

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mmonerd
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mmonerd

Lhumierre mmonerd  We both know Riot will never do that.

Lhumierre
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Lhumierre

blackcat7k This is just like VGChartz, they also have magic 8-balls

Lhumierre
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Lhumierre

MorpayneRADIO I think it’s impressive as fuck that WoW is still doing it. I wonder if there’s a overall comparison from launch to date with how much it made. I’m sure it would be #1 by a huge margin

Lhumierre
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Lhumierre

mmonerd They would make more but they ACTUALLY give a lot away to the fans and players more so than Riot ever would. Let’s see Riot give 10% of every purchase back to the community in prize pools.

MikedotFoster
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mysecretid carson63000  World of Tanks is HUGE. Which is crazy, because a vast swath of the (western) gaming populace doesn’t even know it’s a thing.

devin007
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mysecretid carson63000 World of Tanks makes bank because it is pay2win . If your not buying gold rounds then you have less chance of penetrating the armor of another tank so people that are ultra competitive are forced to buy them.

Ket_Viliano
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carson63000 Ket_Viliano Dnote Damonvile Greaterdivinity  I have been watching Superdata for years now, they most definitely have called both LoL and WoT MMOs.

carson63000
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Ket_Viliano Dnote Damonvile Greaterdivinity “The first problem with Superdata is that they cannot even get the
categories right, calling LoL and WoT MMOs, which is blatantly untrue.”
They didn’t call them MMOs. They called them “PC Games”, which to the best of my knowledge is completely true.

The only reference to MMOs in the linked article is where they say that PC-based gaming consists of “free-to-play MMOs, subscription-based games like World of Warcraft, social games and PC downloadable games”

Mysk Needs (More) Coffee, Probably
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Jacobin Mysk Needs (More) Coffee, Probably
I respectfully disagree though I don’t disagree with what you’re saying about MKX.
Killer Instinct seems to be doing alright considering it’s very limited market (xbone exclusive for now). Stages, music, challenges, clothes / costumes, new characters, and possibly new episodic story chapters are all new things that can be sold as DLC, just off the top of my head.
However I totally agree with your comment about MKX. Changing game balance so frequently is just frustrating.

Jacobin
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Jacobin

Mysk Needs (More) Coffee, Probably FTP can’t really work with fighting games since there is no way they can add new content as quickly as a MOBA can without completely messing up the game. MKX is an example of a game that spammed patches and all it does is piss people off due to how long it takes to get even remotely competent with a character,

Ket_Viliano
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Dnote Ket_Viliano Damonvile Greaterdivinity  Entertainment is a hit driven business, the hits make all the big money, this is true for books, movies, video games, theater, basically all media. Even so, many projects make a modest profit, enough to keep going, and that is what matters.

The first problem with Superdata is that they cannot even get the categories right, calling LoL and WoT MMOs, which is blatantly untrue. If they can’t get even the most basic things right, what else did they mess up? They don’t reveal where there data comes from, and in any statistical endeavor, data generation is the hardest part to get right. Basically the data is junk.

The investors need to learn how to do mezzanine financing all over again, and to stop chasing hot trends. Unfortunately they are very much hype driven themselves, which is why VR is hot. I plan to hit the rounds over here in SF when the weather gets just a tad better, but I am not really expecting to find a magic goldmine. Hopefully I can find someone who is clear in their thinking, but my plans do not rely on finding investment. Finding an audience matters more, and there are some really good opportunities to do so out here.

mysecretid
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carson63000 
I’ve seen this covered elsewhere, actually, that the “World of Tanks/Planes/Whatever…” games are actually a lot more popular (and profitable) than many might believe.
I think it may have something to do with the fact that they are — I’m told — fairly easy to pick up and play and get into, but they’re not brain-dead casual games once you’re in there playing them. Me? I haven’t played them myself, so I can’t say for certain.
Cheers,

Ket_Viliano
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Ket_Viliano

Serrenity Ket_Viliano Greaterdivinity Nanulak  She turned me into a newt!

I got bettah.

Ket_Viliano
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Ilandar  I have visited enough countries to know that visiting a tourist trap teaches you only about tourist traps.
There are clear cultural proclivities that stand out quite noticeably, if you bother to pay attention. Spending habits, in particular, are closely tracked and often reported data. We are all human, but we are not all exposed to the same cultural influences. These sorts of things matter when it comes to business investment.

carson63000
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DPandaren I figured DFO made a huge sack of cash in Asia. But I’m surprised I haven’t noticed WoT being as widely played as it must be to make that much cash.

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Mysk Needs (More) Coffee, Probably

It’s easy to see why Capcom wants to emulate LoL on some level, and they’ve repeatedly named LoL as one of their major inspirations for their new business model with SFV.  So far it looks like this may work well for everyone except thegroup that wants everything for free at the click of a button, though I do kind of wonder if SFV’s $60 price tag is going to stay or if the game will eventually go completely free. I half expect that the price tag exists simply in response to the back lash caused by the rumor that SFV would be F2P and pay to win.
That’s what I find interesting. I kind of expect it to go free if the business model with their Fight Money and such proves successful, but we’ll see.

Sorenthaz
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Honestly if it weren’t for Tencent then LoL would have never grown as big as it did.  That said, it’s definitely quite an accomplishment.

Muspel
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Armsbend I don’t know about the eastern version, but the US version of DFO isn’t P2W.

Mitzruti
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John Wise it never actually shut down in the east. just the western version, due to nexonNA failing to deliver any patches at all.

Samizdat
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Samizdat

enamelizer The PC has been “dead” for decades now, just like the Japanese economy.

Samizdat
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Samizdat

ManastuUtakata SoMuchMass No, you see, we have to make sure all the bad grrr enemy team games collapse and get destroyed, so our favorite games can be the only ones left. That’s how we play the metagame.

John Wise
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didnt they just bring back to like DFO not that long ago?

Samizdat
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Samizdat

SoMuchMass We’re a competitive species.

Serrenity
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Ket_Viliano Serrenity Greaterdivinity Nanulak  Truth!  The long-term impact of the Puritan movement on the American Psyche cannot be overstated.  The ascetic tendencies have morphed into you can only spend lots of money on certain things.  If you step out of line, well, you must be a witch :-)

DPandaren
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DPandaren

Undertale?

SoMuchMass
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SoMuchMass

Not surprised the list is dominated by PvP centric games.

DPandaren
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DPandaren

That and DFO for me.

ManastuUtakata
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SallyBowls1 ManastuUtakata SoMuchMass 
Um…if you reread what I said, I’ve sorta implied that in there. Though granted it wasn’t explicit, as I wasn’t planning it as a thesis for a dissertation, as this was a personal view. But one can extrapolate if a) that if not everyone is enjoying game “Soandso Online” and/or b) doesn’t have it’s books in order…then that game may not be around for much longer. Nor did I imply this chart thingy is not important.

carson63000
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morphyroc Dnote Lich King only released a little over seven years ago, but I guess there might have been some time traveling involved on your part.

carson63000
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carson63000

World of Tanks is the one that probably surprises me the most on that list. I had no idea they had mass appeal going on.

Dnote
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Ket_Viliano Damonvile Greaterdivinity This data is a snap shot of a much bigger data set which investors will see. The health of a particular genre is shown in this larger data set.

That larger data set will show an investor that whilst MMO/online is worth several billion, it is heavily skewed towards the top 20 games, out of the thousands available. Which indicates that it isn’t a healthy market to be involved in and one to currently avoid investing in. Whether you’re looking at MMOs, MOBAs or FPSs.

Investors are also far more interested in the people than the product. If you’re team has the right passion and experience, as well as targeting the current favorite platform (atm this is VR), then you have a chance of investment. If you’re not, then you won’t get investment.

In fact, I was at a conference last week where they had a panel with investors, one of the panel outright said, gaming is a horrible industry to invest in and you have to be insane to want to invest it in compared to SaaS, tech or lifestyle apps, which are all much safer and potential more lucrative bets.

Grimmtooth
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Damonvile SallyBowls1 deekay_zero I have trouble even making an initial post from time to time. My writing style seems to trigger the raving lunatic filter, I didn’t know that would be an issue on the intenets

Ilandar
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Ilandar

ITT: Two Westerners make sweeping generalisations about a part of the world they have never visited.

Cujo H
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Cujo H

I don’t play League of Legends though.

wanderv15
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wanderv15

MorpayneRADIO It’s ok, idiots are majority

SallyBowls1
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ManastuUtakata SoMuchMass  IMO, it is that you don’t care, which is perfectly fine.  But regardless of your interest, it still matters as it determines who spends and how much.  E.g., just ask CoH, SWG, Titan, Wildstar, EQN as to the impact of money and market perceptions on decisions.

morphyroc
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Dnote Well, that data is in line with my gaming habits. I stopped WoW about 11 yrs ago after the Lich King expansion. I play a little LoL and Hearthstone everyday now. Hardly played any MMO since, except for TSW.

bryanjturner
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Such as any MMO even a Korean Grinder has more content and lore than a MOBA which is basically just 3 way Supersmash Brothers.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

SoMuchMass 
Personally, it doesn’t really matter. As long as I am enjoying the games I play, everyone else is enjoying there’s, and games we play have their books in order…that in the end is all that counts.

mmonerd
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mmonerd

TAKE THAT DOTA 2.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

MorpayneRADIO 
Why would you care?

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

DigitalQ bryanjturner Bannex19 
I always have an excuse though, as I’m short. <3

Rozyn
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Rozyn

enamelizer What are people playing League on?

Ket_Viliano
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Ket_Viliano

MorpayneRADIO  Bored, I just started playing WoW with some oldtimers, and … the game is boring. The leveling process is just like DAoC, without the cool factions. Mobs just stand there, no AI to speak of, as if Blizzard could not afford to add modern AI.
Worse, I would need to pre-order Legion just to get a lvl 100 power up, which I would need to join other people in battle grounds.
Ok, look, the game is not that bad. It does have nice, if simple animations. I really do like the anims, especially considering that the game will run on a laptop, not just the stacked-out monster machine that I built. I can see how, for ’04, the game really would have shined compared to other games of that era. There is lots of story everywhere, even if it is static content. The controls are ok, once you get used to having to press rmb to get mouselook.
I just don’t get why so many have fallen in love with it, they seem to be lost in nostalgia. As the game is, it feels like … a cheap WoW knock off. At least I now understand what so many other games have been trying to emulate. The thing is, WoW is not such an awesome game, it’s pretty low buck, so trying to make and even cheaper knock off is sure to fail.
Anyway, I don’t hate the game, I just am not thrilled by it. ArcheAge was better, at least until the P2W PvP became obvious.

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SoMuchMass 
Superdata sucks because they say they use things like the company’s KPI in their data gathering.  If things like that are where they get their true data from then they’re parroting whatever the companies tell them.

vicariousfan
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vicariousfan

Leilonii Nordavind Dnote no the sources aren’t in the report

blackcat7k
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blackcat7k

Quincha 
What game should they be investing time in?

MorpayneRADIO
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MorpayneRADIO

Warcraft at its usual spot as top mmorpg. How do WoW haters feel about that? Could you please explain how it makes you feel in detail?

blackcat7k
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blackcat7k

Superdata says a lot of things… all of which have no explanation of their true data gathering methods, They could be shaking a “Magic” 8-Ball for all we know,

vicariousfan
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Greaterdivinity vicariousfan no they don’t cite their sources at all not even if you are a subscriber

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