Superdata February 2019: EA’s Apex Legends and Anthem crushed it as Blizzard fumbled

    
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If you were wondering exactly how Apex Legends stacks up against Fortnite since the former’s debut earlier this year, SuperData’s February 2019 global revenue report is where you want to point your eyeballs. EA’s new shiny entered the PC list at #6, just behind Fortnite, and the console list at #4, just behind both Fortnite and Anthem (and FIFA, another feather in EA’s cap).

Apex Legends has the best launch month of any free-to-play game in history,” SuperData declares. “Apex Legends generated an estimated $92 million from in-game spending across all platforms, with the majority coming from console. Despite this, Fortnite still came in above Apex Legends in the top grossing rankings.”

And Anthem pulled in $100M in digital revenue and was the “top-selling title by units on console in February.” Not too shabby, and two huge wins for EA.

Who’s not winning? League of Legends hasn’t reclaimed its top slot from Dungeon Fighter Online, Hearthstone’s continued its nosedive (“dropping 52% across PC and mobile, partly due to heightened competition within the genre and likely franchise fatigue”), and World of Warcraft fell from 7th to 9th place on the PC side. World of Warcraft West, that is – it’s still not clear why the game’s non-Western revenue is no longer included in this “global” ranking.

Here’s SuperData’s 2019 reports so far:

Source: SuperData

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Sana Tan

This is why imo EA won’t shutdown Bioware. People preorder their games just because of the illusion that the studio is the same that did the old masterpieces. They use the name as a marketing strategy, no one waits for reviews or do a minimum research about it.

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PanagiotisLial1

Its a bit sad there is just one MMORPG in the list

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Schmidt.Capela

Actually, Fantasy Westward Journey Online II is also a MMORPG. A traditional MMORPG that seems closer to UO than WoW in both graphics and gameplay, to boot (though I might be wrong, it’s kinda hard to find information about its gameplay that isn’t in Chinese). It’s only played in China, though.

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PanagiotisLial1

yes its why I dont really count it

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Siphaed

Contrary to what rednecks think, the United States is not the center of the world.

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Baemir

Neither is China. And virtually nobody plays that game outside of China.

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Bruno Brito

That would be true if China didn’t had one billion and a half people.

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PurpleCopper

Woah, PUBG completely disappeared from PC 6th place last month. Was it because of Apex Legends?

Really surprised that Anthem made 100M digital revenue. I could’ve sworn that Apex Legends would’ve made more than Anthem.

Better question is which game is more profitable, Anthem or Apex Legends?

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Tobasco da Gama

I had a suspicion that ApeLeg would be eating PUBG’s lunch more than Fortnite’s, and it looks like that turned out to be the case after all.

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Armsbend

Dungeon Fighter Online – the most popular game no one on earth plays. Or talks about. Or writes about. Or streams.

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PanagiotisLial1

I got even more questions about what Fantasy Westward Journey Online II is. I mean you can at least see DFO and people play it here too but what is that unknow game there?

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Schmidt.Capela

Chinese language-only subscription-based MMO with graphics that look like UO and Anime had a child. The number of accounts across the years is measured in the hundreds of millions.

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A Dad Supreme

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Koshelkin

Kinda happy that Anthem had good sales. I hope it gives Bioware time to hone the game and unearth the potential. The first 40~45hrs I couldn’t stop playing and was really, really engaged, which is, nowadays, a rare occurence for me, no matter if it’s with online or offline games. There’s games I might spend more time with but not as excited as I was with Anthem. It’s a good in-between game for me now, as I can play quick sessions of it and still get something worthwhile out of it. Considering the reviews the game is massively underrated.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

WoW falling in ranks to hot new titles doesn’t worry me so much as WoW falling relative to World of Tanks. Those two are generally right next to each other every month unless WoW has an expansion, then WoW pops up a bit.

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Sally Bowls

Yeah. Although there is the complication/annoyance of the East/West split. I was used to where WoW worldwide was in this (as Bree mentioned) worldwide revenue list. WoW (west) is always going to be significantly less than WoW (worldwide.) And I don’t know if WoW west is 80% or 20% of worldwide.

It is a testament to the size of gaming, especially non-MMO gaming, that a WoW expansion is 3M boxes @$50 plus some returnees so a fifth or a quarter of a billion dollar increase and that much money only causes it to “pop up a bit.”

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Akagi

WoW has just exhausted itself. They never really improved the game after WoTLK. They tried to change the essence, but the game ultimately remained the same, just more dumbed-down.

The only thing they can do is to hit the reset button on WoW and start over. That would mean to change the combat from tab-targeting to full action, change classes completely and revamp the old world with one more cataclysmic event, except that this time it changes it even more.

Only some bold move like this can revitalize the game and they also have WoW Classic so they shouldn’t be afraid to experiment with the Retail version.

Except that they won’t do it. They are too scared, too lazy and they don’t have the talent to make something so big anymore. They will just release WoW Classic and hope that will attract all the old school players while they keep it safe with Retail, except it will keep failing and failing until it dies.

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Eliandal

15 year old game, is still in the top 10 worldwide, and is ‘failing’. HEH!

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Bruno Brito

“Showing it’s age” is a better expression.

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Akagi

And on 3rd spot some Chinese game we don’t even know… goes to show how “great” WoW still is.

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Tobasco da Gama

“Despite this, Fortnite still came in above Apex Legends in the top grossing rankings.”

ApeLeg has one extremely serious problem as far as monetization goes: almost nothing you can spend money on feels like you’re getting a good deal. The closest I can get, I think, is the Belgium version of the Battle Pass, but even that’s a bit “eh” with all the boring tracker rewards.

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Xijit

I got turned off with how much everything in the cash shop cost, plus so much of it was RNG boxes.

The battlepass will probably mitigate that, but I have got other shit to play.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

i got the battlepass just to throw them money because i wasnt gonna spend a 20 spot on one outfit, but the game’s dope and its an FPS, why do I care about what my toon looks like?

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Tobasco da Gama

I think that’s the reason why so many of the cosmetics are aimed at the Banner. Because basically it’s the only time you’ll end up seeing your own character. ;)

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IronSalamander8 .

Part of the problem I had with Apex Legends’ store is there wasn’t anything there I wanted to purchase. The skins are only ok at best and buying weapon skins for weapons I may or may not get in a match is pointless.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

but if the game is good and the store sucks thats like win / win right because you’re getting a fun game for free without having to feel bad about throwin them coin.

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Schmidt.Capela

Without a stable revenue stream the game is likely to have its development budget slashed. That is not the fate you would want for a good online game.

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Armsbend

FN always felt like a lot of value for anything spent. You are right.

I’m watching DrDisrespect right now and he said if Div2 made a BR mode it would probably kill it. The world desires a good company that can make a realistic military shooter BR mode. I agree with him.

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Siphaed

Wasn’t that was PUBG was before it went all crazy? I mean, it was originally a mod for ARMA, right?

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rahkeesh

Not to mention CoD: Blackout, which every critic called a “better PUBG.”

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Emiliano Lozada

Until Activision decided to go full ActivisionBlizzard and cause it to enter a ruined state.

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PurpleCopper

I feel like Apex Legends will NEVER be able to match the battle pass quality of Fortnite. Mostly because Epic is a privately owned company beholden only to Sweeney, unfortunately for EA they’re beholden to their shareholders short-term revenue interests.

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Siphaed

Um…..EPIC is at least 40% owned by TENCENT (TCTZF on the market). They’re the 6th largest internet company worldwide. So….ya, Epic is definitely not “privately owned”.

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Armsbend

They are absolutely privately owned. They are not a publicly traded company therefore they are private.

You may have multiple owners of a company and still be privately owned. 40% means Tencent is not the controlling shareholder. That would be whoever owns 51% of the company. if that is split up among many they can still collaborate to control interest.

wiki:

“A privately held company, private company, or close corporation is a business company owned either by non-governmental organizations or by a relatively small number of shareholders or company members which does not offer or trade its company stock (shares) to the general public on the stock market exchanges, but rather the company’s stock is offered, owned and traded or exchanged privately or over-the-counter. More ambiguous terms for a privately held company are closely held corporation, unquoted company, and unlisted company.”

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PurpleCopper

The owner of Epic (Sweeney) owns 60% of Epic, and is therefore the controlling shareholder.

Sweeney is probably worth nearly 10 billion dollars, he’s probably the richest video game executive there is. Only other guy that can rival him is probably Gabe Newell, another multibillionaire video game executive who is also the majority shareholder of Valve.

Epic and Valve are probably the richest privately held video game companies out there. I don’t know any other video game companies out there that are as rich as Epic or Valve AND are private.

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Armsbend

Just one – Nexon. I only know that because of the MOP articles about the guy trying to sell it.