SuperData Research got their monthly chart out for July last week and I am going to squeeze in a post about it here on the last day of August.
On the PC side of the chart, the usual top four remain in place, though League of Legends regained the top spot on the chart after being down in second for June.
Valorant, the shooter from Riot, moved up a spot. It showed up on the scene in sixth place, but moved to fifth this month, swapping positions with Roblox. World of Tanks, which fell off the list last month, returned in seventh spot, just ahead of World of Warcraft. And bringing up the rear are CS:GO and Fortnite. The Sims 4, which was in tenth spot for June fell off the list.
For consoles, the much talked about Ghost of Tsushima topped the chart. Per the report:
Ghost of Tsushima sold 1.9M digital units in July to become the fastest-selling new PlayStation IP. The game far outpaced the early sales of other new franchises launched on PlayStation 4: Horizon: Zero Dawn sold 1.9M units in its first two months on the market in early 2017, and Days Gone sold 1.3M units in its first two months after launching in late April 2019. Ghost of Tsushima also set the record for the biggest console game ever launched during the month of July. The Last of Us Part II, also a PlayStation exclusive, set the June record only one month prior. A lack of alternative entertainment options due to COVID-19 has contributed to the success of recent PlayStation titles during what is historically a quiet season for new game releases.
GTA V pulled in fifth place, just ahead of Fortnite, and Pokemon Sword and Shield made it on to the list thanks to the expansion for the game launched on the Switch. Paper Mario: The Oragami King also got a mention from SuperData:
Paper Mario: The Origami King sold 555K digital units in July. While its performance was nowhere near those of the last big Switch exclusives, Animal Crossing: New Horizons (5.0M) and Pokémon Sword and Shield (2.7M), the game did better than Fire Emblem: Three Houses when it launched in July 2019.
And on the mobile end of the chart Pokemon Go rose to first place based on a dedicated, if smaller, following.
Pokémon GO had its second-biggest revenue month ever. Earnings were just 0.4% lower than in August 2016, when the game was a global phenomenon. Now, however, it relies on a dedicated core of high-spending players, and July 2020 user numbers were just 15% of what they were in August 2016. July revenue was up thanks to the ‘Pokémon GO Fest’ in-game event on July 25 and 26. The event required a $15 fee to access a range of challenges and activities.
Meanwhile, the venerable Candy Crush Saga remained on the list, holding on in tenth position.
SuperData also pointed out the game Free Fire, which grabbed third place in July.
Free Fire has become the number two [three?] mobile game by carving out a niche in emerging markets. The mobile battle royale title from Singaporean publisher Garena has the distinction of being the world’s top Southeast Asian-published game. The game runs well on affordable, low-spec mobile phones and regularly tops the charts in markets like India, Southeast Asia and Latin America.
I’ll have to keep an eye on Free Fire going forward, representing the markets it does.
NPD also has their top ten chart for July available as well. As always, NPD numbers are US only, combine PC and console sales, and doesn’t always include digital sales (where noted).
- Ghost of Tsushima
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
- Paper Mario: The Origami King*
- The Last of Us: Part II
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
- Ring Fit Adventure
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
- Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris
*Digital sales on Nintendo eShop not included
Being focused on retail, the NPD list is heavy on console titles, as they depend on physical sales much more than PC games. And, while Ghost of Tsushima tops the list as expected, half the list is also Nintendo products, showing again how much they depend on retail over digital sales.