World of Warcraft took a tumble in SuperData’s December 2019 revenue rankings

    
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SuperData’s December 2019 report on the global games industry’s monthly revenue is up, and it’s a head-scratcher indeed.

On the PC side, there hasn’t been a huge change at the top of the list, but World of Warcraft (West) took another tumble, from the 5th to 8th spot, having been surpassed by Red Dead Redemption 2, Call of Duty, and Roblox since November. We’d seen WoW surge to the third spot for PC with its record-setting WoW Classic launch in August, but the surge seemed over just a month later, when WoW returned to its usual spot in the middle of the top 10. Recall that in October, we speculated that we might see the first impact of the Blitzchung fallout in the December report, the first month when any lost subscription revenue from the boycott would be realized. This could be that, or it could just be that Roblox’s cross-promos and Red Dead’s huge Steam launch outdid the Blizz. The rankings lists are relative, after all, and WoW’s had worse showings in the past year – like when it didn’t make the top 10 at all.

No other Blizzard titles make any of the lists at all this month, though Activision is another story. But don’t miss Destiny 2 making a comeback over there on console, and Roblox made two of the lists as well as mobile revenue continues to outshine the other platforms.

“Substantial year-over-year growth in mobile revenue (28%) more than offset falling Console and PC earnings (down 25% and 4%, respectively). Console spending was down partially due to shrinking Fortnite revenue (December 2018 was the title’s highest-earning month ever) and also due to fewer major premium games being released in late 2019 compared to the 2018 holiday season.”

Here was everything from SuperData in 2019 – we’ll be moving on to 2020 with the January 2020 report in another month!

Source: SuperData
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Alyn
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Alyn

The kingdom finally tumblin’ down-

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Dankey Kang

Couldn’t have happened to a better company.

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Jack Pipsam

Halo: Reach being in the top 10 on PC a decade after launch is just such a fuzzy feeling.
And it’s not even the best Halo, oh lad, I hope once they get to Halo 3 it keeps the interest sustained because that’ll be amazing.

Also good seeing Fallen Order rank so highly on console, no more excuses for EA to hide behind.

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Armsman

Considering it’s the ONLY real MMO on that list…just saying… ;)

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Schmidt.Capela

AFAIK Fantasy Westward Journey Online II is a proper MMO too, and a subscription one to boot. It just isn’t available in the west or in English.

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Schmidt.Capela

Wait, so the release of RDR2 on most PC digital stores except Steam wasn’t enough for it to reach the top 10, but the release a month later on Steam — with the game already being out for a month, and with better bonuses, on other stores — did the trick? One heck of a metric for how hard competing with Steam is, if it’s true.

John Artemus
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John Artemus

Surprised to not see Fortnite on the PC list. Isn’t that still a thing?

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Armsbend

It shows how ridiculous this is. All metrics showed Nintendo at December’s top list but…no pokemon?

lol okay.

Techno Wizard
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Techno Wizard

WoW Classic probably has something to do with WoW’s decline.

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Utakata

Unlikely not. As players have both access to Classic and Retail on the same account, nullifying Classic as separate metric here…

…unless of course you are claiming Classic is driving players away from WoW altogether. Which would also unlikely to be true.

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Pepperzine

Shhhhh Utakata, that doesn’t feed the right narrative, even though you’re spot on (like always)

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Utakata

/winks left pigtail <3

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Loopy

Keep in mind that this list looks at revenue, not active players for a specific game. Blizzard is getting the same total amount of subs from both retail and classic, since the subscriptions allows access to both games.

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johnwillo

I’m still playing WoW Classic, and probably will until one of us dies. The retirement home better have decent internet.

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Greaterdivinity

Damn man, Halo outselling D2 on PC in December is kinda nuts, especially given that by all accounts the PC version of D2 may very well be the best performing version.

Actually kinda surprised Crossfire fell to #3, maybe hype for that newly announced version Remedy is working on took some wind out of the sails? : P

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Schmidt.Capela

Different public, since D2 is an always online F2P MMO-ish shooter and Halo is a series of offline-capable shooters with good to great single-player campaigns and a fun online multiplayer. What’s more, the “progression” in Halo’s multiplayer component is purely cosmetic; you get bragging rights from being able to wear a high end armor, but it doesn’t change your stats in any way compared with the newbie armor everyone starts with.

I’m highly tempted to purchase Halo, BTW; I’ve waited for years for most of the Halo games to get PC ports, and the main reason I haven’t purchased the Halo MCC yet is because it’s still incomplete on the PC. Meanwhile, I wouldn’t play D2 even for free.