SuperData October 2019: League of Legends is back on top as console and PC trend downward

    
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SuperData’s October 2019 global revenue report on the video game industry is up today, and if you were hoping the PC and console industry would be perking back up, nope: The analytics firm reports that “combined spending across console, PC and mobile was down 3% year-over-year primarily due to a sharp drop off in the console segment, which faced a difficult comparison against the Red Dead Redemption 2 launch last year,” while “mobile grew 7% as it continues to be a growth leader for digital games.” This was a thesis SuperData issued earlier this month as well, when it wrote that in-game spending on PC and console is down in part because of player exhaustion over microtransactions and greedy business models.

In the revenue rankings, there was a bit of a reshuffle as Borderlands 3 and Dota 2 vanished and The Outer Worlds and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare claimed spots. League of Legends is also back on top of the list, while World of Warcaft (West) and Fortnite pushed up a tick with Borderlands 3 and Dota 2 out of the way.

Console saw a shakeup too as COD topped the list and both Apex Legends and Destiny 2 returned.

“Apex Legends has its best month since the title’s launch quarter. Apex Legends generated $45 million from in-game spending in October across console and PC, up from $16 million in September. Respawn’s shooter has clearly grown into an important growth driver for EA since its launch in February, although we note that total lifetime revenue still comes in slightly below 50% of FIFA Ultimate Team over that same period.”

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

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Mewmew

Realistically it’s not that big of a surprise to mobile players. To people who don’t play mobile, they don’t really understand. Even companies that publish on other platforms don’t really understand. They’ll try to get into mobile, fail, and then say mobile is on a downturn because they don’t know how to break into it. It’s not on a downturn at all.

Sadly pay to win on mobile isn’t really on the downturn I thought it might be actually getting on either. People don’t just pay out the rear on every game that comes out, but the ones even semi-good are still filled with wallet warriors. Which is part of the reason the revenue is so high on mobile still. Too many people willing to pay thousands of dollars plus per game to be top in the rankings.

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rafael12104

Well, no surprises.

I’m glad to see Destiny 2 is bubbling up to the fore as Bungie being in full control has had a positive impact on the game.

Good to see Outer Worlds is still on this list. Hopefully, AAAs will take note that delivering quality trumps microtransactions and the rush to launch date.

FIFA20 and NBA2K20 kill the argument though…