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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Lhumierre mmonerd  We both know Riot will never do that.

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”

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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.

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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,