The SuperData Research Digital Sales numbers for April 2018 have been released.
On the PC side of the chart the status quo ante of the top three was restored as League of Legends, which dropped to second place in March, returned to its usual position at the top of the list. The Dungeon Fighter Online insurgency was put down.
Elsewhere on the PC list, Fortnite held on to fifth position and World of Warcraft held on to sixth. Popping onto the list in the seventh spot was Hearthstone. World of Tanks held eighth position for another month while PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds dropped from seventh to ninth and CS:GO held tenth again.
On the console chart, Fortnite held the top spot for another month, while the newly released God of War ran up to second position as a PlayStation 4 exclusive. FIFA 18 held on to third while PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds remains buried by Fortnite on the console front, completely missing from the list. Also disappearing is the XBox exclusive Sea of Thieves which broke into the console chart last month.
I do wonder whether H1Z1 will be able to make the chart, sqeezing back into the battle royal market it lost a hold of. The report is that 1.5 million people downloaded the H1Z1 beta. We shall see if that translates into sales going forward.
On the mobile chart Pokemon Go and Candy Crush Saga both held onto spots, but Lineage M, which brought in so much revenue for NCsoft in their last quarterly report, fell off.
Other items from the SuperData Research report:
- Fortnite can’t be stopped – once again it broke the record for most additional content revenue in a single month by a console game.
- Fortnite breaks another record. Epic’s Battle Royale shooter made $296 million in April across Console, PC and Mobile, up from $223 million in March.
- Console spend was up a whopping 44% in April due to the record-breaking success of both Fortnite and God of War
- God of War has the largest console exclusive digital launch to date. Sony’s new exclusive title sold an estimated 2.1 million digital units at launch in April. This is more than double that of the second-largest Sony exclusive launch, Uncharted 4.
- Grand Theft Auto V is finally showing its age. GTA V Online revenue declined 9% year-over-year, ending an impressive streak of 12 consecutive months with year-over-year growth. GTA V Online has declined sequentially every month since the start of the year, likely in part due to the continued rise of Fortnite as well as a dearth of significant content updates from Rockstar.
- Honour of Kings hits a new high. Honour of Kings further cemented itself as the top grossing mobile title in the world with another $185 million in revenue generated during April, up from $171 million in March and $149 million last April.