Here in the last days of October SuperData Research finally has their September sales chart out for us. I was a bit worried after they were acquired by Nielsen that they might stop feeding us this ranking regularly. Now if I could just get CCP to give us the September MER as well.
Anyway, to the chart.
Last month saw the Battle for Azeroth surge for World of Warcraft, which jumped it up to second place on the PC end of the chart, putting it ahead of League of Legends for the first time in the history of this monthly report.
However that head of steam didn’t seem to last, even with Blizz offering a special mount if you would just commit to a six month subscription. WoW dropped to fifth position, though that still put it a bit ahead of its perennial seventh place slot, so maybe some people jumped on the mount bandwagon. Of course, if they paid for six months in September then they won’t have paid anything in October, so we’ll see if WoW drops more next month.
WoW’s loss was LoL’s gain though, as Riot’s game moved up into second place as the constant top four on the chart were locked in together again, having also pushed Monster Hunter: World down from fourth to seventh spot.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds grabbed sixth position ahead of the so-popular-the-NHL-banned-it Fortnite, which came in at eighth. Rounding out the list are a couple of the usual suspects from the bottom of the list, World of Tanks in ninth and CS:GO in tenth. Hearthstone, which made the list last month, fell off for September.
In the middle, the console chart has Destiny 2 at the top, most likely due to the release of the Forsaken DLC last month. Marvel’s Spider-Man, a new release, captured second place, while FIFA 19 came in at third place. Fornite, last month’s top entry, sank to fourth place in the face of this new content, with NBA 2K19, another new release, close behind in fifth.
FIFA 18, apparently not completely sapped by the release of its successor, stayed on the list in sixth position. Call of Duty: WWII fell to seventh, but stayed ahead of the fresh Shadows of the Tomb Raider in eighth. 2013’s Grand Theft Auto V, which has stayed on the list, and even topped it at times despite its age, stayed alive in ninth place while PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds showed back up in tenth.
Among the titles pushed out of the way was Blizzard’s Overwatch.
Then on the mobile end of the chart, there was only a minor re-arrangement of last month’s titles, with Pokemon Go holding onto third position and Candy Crush Saga moving from tenth to seventh spot.
Other items from the report:
- FIFA 19 scores best digital launch in franchise history. We estimate FIFA 19 digital console units grew 18% compared to FIFA 18 last year. Sales for the digital launch of FIFA hit another record, although the series continues to lag other AAA franchises in terms of download rates.
- Destiny 2 gets a big boost from Forsaken. Destiny 2 topped our digital console rankings this month on the back of the new Forsaken expansion and an increase in deluxe edition purchases. Over 60% of all monthly active users purchased the expansion.
- Marvel’s Spider-Man is Sony’s biggest launch to-date. Spider-Man sold 2.17 million digital units on PS4 in September, excluding download codes bundled with console sales, just edging out God of War‘s launch earlier this year.
- NBA 2K19 marks a new franchise peak – but with a caveat. While NBA 2K19 digital console unit sales were up year-over-year from NBA 2K18, growth fell short of the rate seen in the past couple of years.It should be noted that this year’s iteration of the game launched earlier in the month.