GTA 5 – the past month was the best for the game in two years!
The analytical group SuperData has published the digital game market results for the last year's December. The releases such as Grand Theft Auto V, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Clash of Clans, and Red Dead Redemption 2 did extremely well.
The company SuperData has published the report with the digital distribution results on the world game market for the last year's December. This category, including not only the sales of the releases but also micropayments and subscriptions, brought 9,8 billion dollars in revenue, so 8% more than in the last month of 2018.
This is the highest December score in history. It's been achieved, despite the fall of 25% for consoles, and 4% for PCs. The loss has been though repaid by the growth in revenue for mobile games, which equalled to 28%.
The reason for such a high drop in results for consoles is, among others the interest in Fortnite game. December 2018 was in fact the best ever month for this game. Moreover, the very end of last year wasn't as rich in big releases as the last quarter of 2018.
The Rockstar studio has its reasons for satisfaction too. The previous month for Grand Theft Auto V was the best in the last two years. Revenue mounted up to 84,7 billion dollars, and Christmas discounts helped a lot in reaching this result, as well as the premiere of The Diamond Casino Heist for GTA Online.
Last December was good for Red Dead Redemption 2. The digital sales were over 1 million of pieces, while it was 406 K for November. Such an increase was due to, among others, the premiere on Steam. The PC version had been released earlier on Epic Games Store and Rockstar Launcher, but Rockstar Games announced the Valve studio sale a month later, hence many game players waited until the project appeared on the preferred platform.
On the mobile market, the success of Clash of Clans is worth noticing. The product earned 158,2 million dollars in December. That was the best month in game's history, which is a significant achievement, taking into account the fact that its debut was in 2012.
The change of the series business model launched by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare turned out to be successful. Instead of paid extras with maps and season pass, the game offered a seasonal pass in the form of batlle shootings and micropayments. The revenues in the last quarter of the last year were higher by 4% than those achieved by Call of Duty: Black Ops III in the first three months after its premiere.
Micropayments in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on its own were worth 78,7 million dollars last year. This is an impressive result, since the virtual store was only launched in December. For comparison, in the case of Black Ops III, players spent $ 92.9 million in the game for the first three months.