SuperData November 2019: Spending rises thanks to mobile, WoW holds steady

    
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SuperData November 2019: Spending rises thanks to mobile, WoW holds steady

Whether any of us likes it or not, mobile gaming continues to prove to be a lucrative thing, as the November report from SuperData shows. The research company reports that console, PC, and mobile spending was up 5% compared to the same time last year, thanks to a 20% year-over-year increase in mobile spending which represented 59%, or $5.58 billion, of the $9.5 billion spent digitally across all games.

As for the charts themselves, the PC section sees League of Legends once more on the top, while Pokemon Sword and Shield took #1 on the console side and Honour of Kings topped mobile. Other pieces of data from the report note that Red Dead Redemption 2’s Epic Games exclusivity found “meek” interest with only 408K units sold during the month-long stint on the storefront, and that free-to-play console spending is continuing to trend downward, dropping 41% or $84.7 million when compared to last November. It’s not all bad news, though, as Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order had its best-selling digital launch in franchise history and Pokemon Sword and Shield was Nintendo’s top grosser for all of 2019. And closer to home, World of Warcraft’s western version held steady in the #5 slot on PC.

Here’s all of SuperData’s 2019 reports to date:

source: SuperData

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Ernost
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Ernost

It always baffles me to see CS:GO on this list. I tried it out once, and it just seemed so pointless, just running around and shooting at each other. No story or anything. How the hell do people play this game for so long, let alone spend money on it.

Tizmah
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Tizmah

Crazy, it’s almost like games don’t need a story.

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Bryan Correll

Spending rises thanks to mobile

I’m starting to understand just how ‘old money’ feels about ‘new money.’

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Robert Mann

Ugh. This list is full of so much “NOPE!!!” that Australian wildlife is feeling pretty tame. :(

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rafael12104

Hate to see FIFA do well. That means the Wilson lootbox is doing well.

On the other hand. Love seeing Fallen Order on the list for both console and PC. We should encourage that type of development. No lootboxes, interesting story, and fun game play.

The irony is that both games come from EA.

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Rodrigo Dias Costa

The irony is that both games come from EA.

Worse, it gives EA the numbers both from single player games with a great critical reception and strong IP, and a formulaic iteration sequel with lootboxes. There’s no way they’ll give up on this monetization scheme next year. Maybe not even on the next decade if the opposition doesn’t start pushing harder.

Mewmew
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Mewmew

The number one mobile game is basically because of China (just like the top-earning PC games usually are). Last I knew that MOBA Honour of Kings that’s listed at number one was basically a flop in the West. Though maybe it picked up steam or something recently (It’s named Arena of Valor here).