The numbers are out from SuperData Research for July 2019 digital revenue, so it is time once again to look at their lists.
On the PC end of the chart the list of titles was a bit stagnant. Nine out of ten titles listed there in June were still there in July. There was a little shakeup as Dungeon Fighter Online took the top spot from League of Legends. That was shocking the first time it happened, but now they swap every few months, so seems pretty normal.
Six of last month’s titles remained in exactly the same position, including World of Warcraft in seventh place, behind World of Tanks. We will have to see if the launch of WoW Classic pushes the Blizzard title up the list some when the August numbers come out next month.
The one new entry was PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which returned to the list in ninth place, replacing FIFA Onilne 3. As noted below, PUBG saw a price cut which juiced sales in July.
In the console column Grand Theft Auto V jumped back to the top spot with the release of the Diamond Casino update for the online version of the game. Having purchased GTA V during the Steam Summer Sale, I received several email notes about the casino, so they were pushing that hard… and successfully it seems.
Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII moved up from third to second place in July, while the new release, Fire Emblem: Three House fell into third place, leaving last month’s number one, Fortnite, down in fourth.
At the mobile end of the chart, Honour of Kings remained on top, with Pokemon Go holding on to second place. Candy Crush Saga, my other benchmark, moved up one spot to third place, taking it from Clash of Clans, which dropped down to seventh position.
Overall Supdata said that worldwide spending was up with this bullet point.
- Strong mobile growth drives a 5% increase in worldwide spending. Consumers spent $9.02 billion on digital games across console, PC and mobile in July, up from $8.56 billion in the same month last year. Mobile revenue grew 14%, offsetting declines on PC and console, with the latter being dragged by a 50% drop in free-to-play spending.
But when they tweeted a chart to support that, I wasn’t all that convinced.
It feels like if you’re going to claim that mobile is pulling the segment up, you ought to go with a chart that doesn’t show mobile taking a smaller slice of the pie while the PC slice is growing.
I realize that this chart does not necessarily invalidate their statement, it just feels like goofy optics to support the assertion being made. “Mobile is growing!” he said, waving around a chart that showed PC and Consoles were growing.
Meanwhile, the comparison list from NPD of July sales is also available. They show the following:
- Madden NFL 20
- Fire Emblem: Three Houses*
- Super Mario Maker 2*
- Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order*
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Mario Kart 8*
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
*No digital data
As usual, it is different from SuperData because the NPD data is US only, combines PC and consoles, includes traditional retail (which favors console sales), and does not include digital sales where noted.
Given all of that, I think the relative position Madden NFL 20 is interesting. It is primarily a US focused title, but I would probably say the same for NBA 2K19, and it was higher up for SuperData but didn’t make the cut for NPD.
Also, look how much Nintendo still depends on the normal retail channel.
And so it goes, another month of numbers. Additional notes from the SuperData post:
Grand Theft Auto Online‘s Casino update leads to a huge uptick. We estimate Grand Theft Auto Online made $69 million across console and PC in July following the anticipated “Diamond Casino” update, marking one of the best sales months for the game since launch and the first month of double-digit year-over-year growth since August 2018.
Apex Legends Season 2 sales falls short of Season 1 levels. Apex Legends generated $37 million across console and PC in July, more than double what it made in June but only roughly half of what Season 1 earned in March.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses has a solid launch. Fire Emblem sold 800,000 digital units on Switch in July, making it the best digital launch in franchise history.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds gets a price cut and sells another million units. We estimate PUBG sold 1.1 million units on PC with an average selling price of roughly $18, though sales are still down significantly from last year.
FIFA Mobile Soccer faces a tough comparison against 2018’s World Cup. Despite being one of EA’s most reliable sources of growth on mobile since launching in 2016, FIFA Mobile has hit a rough patch this summer, with revenue declining over 50% year-over-year in each of the past three months.