World of Warcraft made more money than League of Legends last month, SuperData reports

    
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Get thee hence.

League of Legends heads towards its worst performing year since 2014.” So begins SuperData’s August 2018 global revenue report today for the entire video game industry. Yikes.

Indeed, the game was dethroned on the PC side by Dungeon Fighter Online last month; this month, World of Warcraft surged to take the #2 slot thanks to Battle for Azeroth, passing up League of Legends and several other games, including Fortnite on PC.

Enjoy this, MMORPG players. This doesn’t happen to us that much.

League of Legends revenue is down 21% compared to the same time period in 2017,” SuperData notes. “World of Warcraft made $161M in August following the release of its Battle of Azeroth expansion, not including all pre-sales in the months leading up to launch. Subscribers for WoW West hit its highest point since 2014.”

Monster Hunter World’s PC launch was also apparently a big hit; it’s clocking in at #4 on the PC side, just after LoL (and also ahead of Fortnite). On the console side, of course, Fortnite is still king.

Source: SuperData

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rafael12104

Hmm… Monster Hunter is number 4 while being restricted in China? Interesting. Very interesting.

Kudos to Original Sin 2! Good to see a game like that doing well on consoles consistently.

Sally makes a great point. SuperData numbers are not GAAP numbers. It is important to know that because data can be grouped in any way they deem necessary . And that is very relevant in how sales are counted month to month and quarterly. The thing about the Generally Approved Acounting Principles is that there is no variation and methods. Therefore everyone’s numbers are comparable. We can’t be assured of that with this data.

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Goronmon

Makes sense with the expansion launch. Will be interesting to see how things are going forward with the general reception.

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Skoryy

Well, they got my money this month for BfA. I’m still making my way through finding if it was worth it, and so far signs are positive.

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quark1020

I’m still glad to see DFO up there. I have no idea why Nexon dropped this, but I’m glad its doing well (or better) for itself.

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Mitzruti

iirc, DFO got dropped because NANexon was pouring all it’s resources into maple and ignoring DFO. (at the time, maple was their most popular game) And games without updates have this tendency to wither away.

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johnd212

Bravo for WoW. I love WoW. I’ve played since the very beginning and while I haven’t always loved it’s changes, it continues to amaze me with the quality of the story telling and the mechanics of the game. I have two separate subs to WoW…

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DargorV .

They obviously put in pre-orders for bfa. No I don’t believe anyone saying otherwise.

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Slaasher

LOL did you get any sand in your ears?

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Michael18

If it’s true that BfA pre-orders before Aug 1 are not included in these figures, then this is remarkable. BfA had a very strong incentive for pre-ordering (these pseudo races, or what they are called), so those sales during August are impressive.

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Sana Tan

Divinity 2, congrats <3! (The only game I play in those lists lol)

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IronSalamander8 .

We need to finish it! We were playing with 3 of us but they’ve been scarce so haven’t been able to. Excellent game.

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duokeks

Yes! It makes me so happy for the devs!

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Robert Mann

I was confused for a moment, because Divinity 2 is a different game (older 3d RPG) as compared to the ARPG of Divinity: Original Sin 2. Had a moment of “How did such an old game surge onto this list?!?”

:D

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Denice J. Cook

Well, no kidding WoW overtook LoL! WoW’s BfA expansion launched, versus LoL’s lack of anything new plus Riot’s behavioral woes driving its players away….

Although next month should be even more telling for WoW, what with the “stow away all your gear to level faster” debacle irritating much of their player base. I guess we’ll see how many people stick around through that: My guess is, it will mainly be multi-month subbers who haven’t hit their end-of-subscription dates yet.

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Dug From The Earth

In the coming month (or two) the “stow away all your gear” bit isnt what will drive players away. The thing that will drop WoW down again will be:

– The azerite system being awful
– Island Expeditions being pointless and lackluster
– Warfronts being time gated and lackluster
– World quests feeling like Legion 2.0

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Teh Beardling

– Classes being shells of their former selves.

That’s what drove me away

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Dug From The Earth

Thats been the case since at LEAST WoD. Many would argue as long ago as Wotlk. If you only just now left in BFA for that reason, you were really holding on for a long time :P

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IronSalamander8 .

World of Tanks is still doing well I see. I kind of miss it but my bank account doesn’t. People with varying levels of OCD should not play games with that type of business model.