Superdata’s October 2017 revenue report: Destiny 2’s and PUBG’s dominance

Destiny 2 may be fudging up left and right, but it still sold a truckton of copies.

That’s according to Superdata, whose most recent revenue report shows Bungie’s new baby holding the #4 spot for PC and #3 spot for console in terms of global revenue for the month of October. “High attach rates for deluxe editions drove the average selling price up,” says the analysis firm, while digital games’ growth across the board “was underpinned by a 28% jump in premium PC thanks to Destiny 2’s successful BattleNet launch, and the continued blockbuster hit of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.”

Indeed, PUBG blew past D2 on PC to claim the #2 spot, right behind League of Legends. The real competitor for PUBG, however, is Epic’s Fortnite, which startled the PvE playerbase it had cultivated with a quality battle royale mode earlier this fall.

“While Fortnite has seen a higher out-of-the-gate active user base thanks to its F2P status, the game’s long-term success vs. its major and earlier-released rival is uncertain,” writes SuperData.”

Fortnite: Battle Royale’s MAU has grown larger than PUBG’s in the month of October across PC and console. Still, Fortnite’s total revenue is a fraction of PUBG’s due to the former being a free-to-play title compared to PUBG’s $30 price point. But Fortnite has a leg up on the additional content front, having already introduced cosmetic microtransactions through an in-game cash shop late in October. The challenge will be converting its higher user base into spenders. December will be an important month for both games; PUBG will be releasing exclusively on XB1 on December 12th and will be leaving Steam Early Access on Steam in ‘late December’ with a new map. Fortnite will, presumably, leverage their cash shop and introduce Christmas-themed cosmetics and will have to fight PUBG for user’s attention on XB1.”

Dungeon Fighter Online continues slipping down the lists after years of claiming a top spot, while World of Warcraft and World of Tanks each dropped a place thanks to the entry of Destiny 2 on PC. You’ll also notice that ROBLOX has returned to the top 10 and that Overwatch has vanished from the chart for both PC and console.

On the mobile side, Lineage M and Lineage 2 Revolution both surged in the rankings to #3 and #6 respectively.

We live in interesting times.

Source: SuperData
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Ashfyn Ninegold

Anybody know what World of Warcraft is? FPS, team co-op, or what?

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K38FishTacos

I don’t think Bungie games will be able to count on a repeat performance for a D3 or whatever else they come with next. Buyers will be more circumspect given what people are saying about D2. Let’s see how the dlc is received.

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rafael12104

So a few observations.

Shadow of War has some staying power for a single player game. Bodes well I think for good single player offerings. Not so well if you are not a fan of MTX.

Lineage is doing well no matter the flavor in mobile and it is fairly new. We all saw NCsofts numbers and you can bet your ass there will more mobile and variety from them, and from everyone in the industry for that matter.

Destiny 2. Yup. I think it is a good game. Not really surprised there because the controversies don’t really matter to average consumers, IMO.

Good to see AC-Origins on the list. Ubi finally figured out that the AC franchise isn’t just as cash grab.

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rafael12104

Holy “Gazillion CEOs”! Did you see the prices Superdata is asking for a complete report? Wow, more than 1700 dollars and that is just for NA Digital.

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I need to rethink my career choices.

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Alex Malone

You are basically buying the data, which is hard to collect as very little of it is publicly available.

SuperData’s analysis are always shit, they make some outrageous claims and their predictions are almost always wrong. But, the data is good. It is worth buying the full report so that you can analyse the data yourself (well, worth it if you are a dev / publisher). So, for example, SuperData don’t know what an MMO is, so their analysis is always wrong, but if you buy the data you can do it properly.

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Armsbend

Data collection when developers aren’t giving hard sales data isn’t as easy as it might sound. You have to earn that $1700 or no one is going to pay it.

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Robert Mann

No surprises. PvP and high action gaming is the popular thing in most of the world. Doesn’t really affect the games I’m looking for, as that’s not my interest spectrum. Thankfully being top-10 isn’t the only way things earn money, or I’d find the world at large a very dull and boring place (and probably be one of many doing their very best to destroy it.)

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Jeffrey Meade

I’m not really understanding the massive popularity of PUBG. I’m glad there is something out there that people enjoy, but Ive watched my friends playing it and its boring, repetitive and the same thing over and over again with no progression. Its just not for me which is fine.

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Robert Mann

Popularity should never be the measure of interest to any given person… because we all want different things.

For many, it serves their interests as Sray noted. For me, it looks like another bland shooter deathmatch with little to recommend, especially since I only really like shooters with a close group of friends where any trash talk is going to be minimal, and conversation on the game more about spectacular moments than actually insulting anyone.

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Sray

PUBG is the perfect “drop in, drop out” game. The lack of persistence with ongoing progression is its strength: everyone starts a match with nothing, and an equal chance at victory. The slower, more tactical nature also levels the playing field so those with less proficient twitch skills also have a chance. It’s a near perfect short session game (win or lose, you’re done in 30 minutes or less); which is a stark contrast to League if Legends or DotA2, where matches usually last 45 minutes to an hour.

It does lack variety, which is something that they have to address sooner rather than later; but for now, it’s found an unserved demand for truly quick play multuplayer games in the market, and has that market largely to itself.

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rafael12104

Great summary. Yup. That is exactly it.

It is the fast food of the gaming world.

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Danny Smith

Man, i uninstalled Fortnight when it jumped on the battleground train -boredom not a ragequit mind you- and i completely forgot i had it on PS4 till this article. Talk about a lack of staying power.

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Dantos

I think the game was fine, just not something suitable for long term play. I never played the first, so i had limited expectations and knowledge of what problems it had that were carried over. I get where people are coming from though, and I still think its lack of alot of basic social features is inexcusable, especially with experience from destiny 1.

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Iain B

While I’m not a fan of this “battle royale” genre I have played both and I find Fortnite much more fun to play then PUBG.

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