SuperData June 2019: WoW’s back in the top 10 as Overwatch players have spent $1B on in-game content

    
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There’s good news for MMOs in the June SuperData video games global revenue charts, most notably the fact that a “real” MMORPG has finally returned to the top 10.

We’re talking about World of Warcraft – flagged “West” and therefore inexplicably not counting Eastern revenue – which landed at number seven on the PC revenue chart after a stint away. Rise of Azshara launched on June 25th, so one might assume hype and renewed subs had more than a little to do with its revenue spike, one Blizzard could surely use right about now, since Overwatch is missing again, as is Hearthstone. Then again, as SuperData points out, Overwatch has done well over its lifetime, even if it’s not hanging with the top revenue-earners right now.

“Overwatch surpasses $1 billion from in-game spending. Blizzard’s MOBA shooter became the 64th game on either console, PC or mobile to generate over $1 billion from in-game content alone. Overwatch is also Activision Blizzard’s sixth IP to hit this mark, after World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, Destiny, Candy Crush and Hearthstone.”

Roblox returned to the top 10 on PC too, which is fun. On console side, there’s been little change for online gamers, as Fortnite continues to hold steady in the number one spot. And on mobile, Pokemon Go resurged – as it often does in summer – to rank at number two.

Here’s all of SuperData’s 2019 reports so far:

Source: SuperData

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I’m guessing the listing of “Fantasy Westward Journey Online II” is actually “Fantasy Westward Journey 3D” right?

There is a “Westward Journey Online II”, “Fantasy Westward Journey Online” and then “Fantasy Westward Journey 3D” so I’m confused if I’m missing something. They’re probably calling what they call the 3D version over there as II?

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IronSalamander8 .

The numbers on OW gamble boxes are disappointing but not surprising. Well, slightly surprising to a point as I had heard their numbers are down significantly. I haven’t even had the game on my PC for months.

WoW being back in the top ten is likely due to the 1-2 punch of 8.2 and anticipation/preparation of classic. Nazjatar is horrendous but Mechagon is actually pretty cool, although not cool enough to hold my interest any more.

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xpsync

Hearing on podcasts people are really starting to love Nazjatar??? I’ve not been to any of the new zones yet still plugging away trying to get to cap. In a way i’m kinda glad i never keep up with wow as i know i’d be the same as you atm, wow’d out.

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IronSalamander8 .

They’ve patched it so it’s less crap and I can fly there now, but still a bad zone. The idea behind is silly too to be honest, story-wise that is, not that WoW is known for good writing in the first place.

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rafael12104

*shakes head*

No. This is not good enough anymore.

The Super Data report in its entirety is valuable, what they release public consumption is useless. Maybe it’s a way to get clients but really it’s just this side of sensational garbage.

Let me explain briefly. Using lagging indicators the Super Data public set tells us what they think sold well last quarter. But anyone paying any attention would not find this newsworthy.

We know Apex dropped off, we know Fortnite is dropping but still king, and yes we even know that WoW got a bump because of renewed interest with Classic around the corner.

Take a peek at what is being played on Twitch from time to time and you get a pretty good idea.

So these Super Data lists are useless. Of more relevance are the forecast and analytics. But we don’t get to see that…

To make my point, I will make a prediction based on what I’m seeing online and I bet it will be reflected in next quarters Super Data’s public data set. Ready?

Teamfight Tactics Riots new strategy/pvp/moba game will see a huge surge in sales this quarter and will make its debut on the Super Data lists.

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xpsync

It’s going to be hard for game companies to face this, extremly difficult to accept, but truth is, they are going to have to actually start making f’ing games again, good ones too. Gravy train is coming to an end…finally.

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Anstalt

Interesting points.

I personally don’t value SuperData at all! Simply looking at their methodology is enough to know that these lists are completely useless.

Firstly, SuperData only collects information on a tiny fraction of the games market (less than 1%). They don’t hide this fact, but for some reason I’m the only one who ever points it out. You cannot draw any reasonable conclusions on such a small data set. All we can say (using this list, for example) is that LoL earned more money than Roblox. We cannot say that LoL is the highest earning PC game, because we lack the data.

Secondly, the data they receive is volunteered, rather than farmed, and so it’s authenticity is questionable. I can’t imagine there will be any outright lies or massive skewings of data, but I also can’t believe that all the data is actually accurate. When you take into account the way financial personnel love to move figures around to make things look good, there is no way of knowing that earning $1b at one company means the same as earning $1b at another.

It would certainly be useful (as a researcher) to pay for the full report and get full access to the raw data. That data is definitely still useful. But making these sorts of lists is just a waste of time in my opinion.

As for wanting their predictions, I’m assuming they stopped releasing them because they were always wrong! Now, I’ve not been on SuperData’s case for long, only really been aware of them for 4 or 5 years, but during that time every prediction from them that I’ve read has been demonstrably wrong.

In short, SuperData are a terrible research and analytical company and you should never use them for such purposes. They are, however, the best we have in terms of data collection and so should only be used for that. Assuming you have a few grand and can pay for it…

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rafael12104

About a year ago, I was lucky enough to see a full report and I came to the very same conclusions you just outlined.

The sample size is flawed IMO. But the data is still good to dissect trends, market changes, etc. For example, they had a great breakdown of the mobile market.

But their forecasts and insights were less than extraordinary.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I’d say 8.2 probably got some folks interested again. Heck, it got my attention and I don’t even own BfA.

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Utakata

Thankfully, Nazjadie didn’t drive the player base off…

…to be be fair though, Blizz has been somewhat on the ball to adjust things to make it less painful on that front. :)

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TherecDaMage .

Wait I thought WoW was dying?

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Utakata

…WoW’s being dying since Vanilla according to the internets, didn’t cha know? o.O

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BalsBigBrother

Wow $1 billion on loot boxes, people must take collecting skins and sprays way more seriously in Overwatch than I do. I stopped opening the boxes ages ago as they are pretty useless to me personally.

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K38FishTacos

It boggles my mind that people spend money on this, too. I must be getting old.

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Dug From The Earth

I enjoy opening them when i get them, but sheesh… this is a prime example of how impatient people are.

Gotta have it now I guess.

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Mewmew

That’s a common number for the top “free to play” mobile games. So it’s not very surprising.

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xpsync

Come on it’s no surprise WoW’s back in the top 10, i’m playing. /jk :) I’m sure classic did that, heck it worked on me.

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semugh

classic won’t launch for another month.

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xpsync

Yep i’m back because of classic i only subbed up earlier to explore the base game areas again, you know get ready for classic kinda strategy, but got hooked on retail lol and yep still onboard for classic.

Anyone looking for an amazing podcast?

Countdown to Classic, amazing podcast, legendary, how the f this guy puts together such a power packed show weekly is incredible.

And 3 hour shows to boot that feel like 10 minutes they are that good. What i want to know is wtf is it going to be after Classic launches hehe? seriously though this show is literally on fire in the popularity department i can’t believe J would shut it down after classic launches.

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Dug From The Earth

People probably just making sure that they have an active sub for when blizzard opens the doors for the pre-name reservations a couple weeks before Classic goes live.

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johnwillo

I just unsubscribed because the Classic beta ended. I’ll be back when it goes live! Not thrilled with the new patch in mainline WoW.

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Akagi

Right with you, I will subscribe when it goes live.