SuperData May 2017: WoW recombinated, Dota 2 in the top 10, and Pokemon Go out

    
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Almost lost in the buzz today was the release of SuperData’s rundown of the global digital games market for May. You’ll notice immediately that World of Warcraft has once again been rejoined! SuperData had split the game into east and west versions for its January report, then botched the entries in February and hastily repaired its graphic to rejoin the two; in March, the WoWs were one from the get-go but split up again in April. Now we’re back to one. It’s still not clear what’s going on there.

In any case, it’s allowed for a new entry on the PC side: Dota 2, which recently patched in PvE, apparently to good effect. On the mobile side, Pokemon Go has vanished entirely from the top 10, though we won’t be surprised to see it return next month as the summer events heat up.

Overwatch shows continued growth,” writes the research firm. “Overwatch digital revenues are up from April but down from May 2016, when it launched. Additional Content revenue hit a new high in May on the back of a one-year anniversary event.”

Source: SuperData
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Anstalt

As they haven’t provided the actual figures, this data is completely meaningless.

Superdata state on their website that they only collect data from a fraction of the total market (about 500 games across all platforms). So, whilst the data they collect may be accurate, it is an incomplete dataset and so when looking at these sorts of summary tables, you know they are meaningless.

For example, League of Legends may be top of SuperData’s table for PC, but they may not have collected data for PlayerUnknowns: Battlegrounds for example, the current top seller on Steam.

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Sally Bowls

but they may not have collected data for PlayerUnknowns: Battlegrounds

PUB was #7 on their list last month

There is a huge gap between “completly meaningless” and 100% accurate. Once you get an industry large enough, they have to rely on market companies to estimate market share.

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Jack Pipsam

Crossfire’s ever lasting dominance.

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Godiva

I’ve never heard of Fantasy Westward Journey Online II and according to a quick google search it’s been around since 2005/2006.

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Bob Smith

Valve must be kicking itself in the nutz for creating so much backlash that Crossfire was born

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mike foster

People really underestimate FIFA, man. One of the most played games in the world.

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Schmidt.Capela

US people underestimate FIFA because soccer isn’t popular there. They forget that soccer is the most popular sport in most of the world.

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Sally Bowls

So 3 or 4 PC MMOs, albeit one Occidental, plus a mobile MMO?

The second month without Lineage? Has age finally caught up with this dowager?

Since DOTA 2 was going to make the top 10 list regardless, I think of the bizarre one/two WoW being in the one WoW phase allowed CSGO to rank.

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Sray

Blah blah… something something… Superdata doesn’t give out their research and methodology for free… blah blah… I choose to ignore that’s how they make their money… yadda yadda… their results are meaningless…

Does that sum everything up for everyone offended that their favorite online game is absent/lower placed on the lists than they feel those games should be?

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mike foster

I mean — there’s no transparency to the data, and they certainly don’t get it from game companies (none I know of, anyway). So these would be valid criticisms.

Still, it’s probably okay as a rough snapshot of the market.

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Witches

While these games finances aren’t public knowledge they aren’t confidential either, they may own shares in all the companies thus get that info directly, or buy it from shareholders.

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Sally Bowls

they certainly don’t get it from game companies (none I know of, anyway). So these would be valid criticisms.

I don’t see how these are particularly valid criticisms. Very rarely do the companies in any industry provide data, but any large industry has market research firms selling their data acquisition and analysis.

While these companies are selling their opinions, not facts, I still see the objections here essentially being either “I don’t understand how/why market research firms operate” or “I think that a free opinion on a fan site is more credible than the market research sold by an established firm” both of which justify considerable ridicule.