Titles like No Man's Sky and Pokémon GO have helped to generate over 6 billions dollars worldwide in August. This is an increase of 11% when compared to the same month last year.
03-10-2016 - by Thijs Kaagman
Superdata has released its digital game sales report for August, which concludes that worldwide revenues in digital games were up 11% year-over-year, resulting in a $6.1 billion revenue. Joost van Dreunen, CEO of Superdata, attributes the growth to a number of succesful games like Pokémon GO and (suprisingly) No Man's Sky. While No Man's Sky received a huge backlash from gamers who weren't happy with the game, it helped the PC market to generate 21% more revenue ($401 million) and console digital sales to increase by 16% to $399 million.
Meanwhile, Pokémon GO helped push mobile games revenues by 16% as well, to $3.04 billion. The game peaked at around 3 weeks after its launch, with $16 million in revenue each day. Since then, it has leveled off to a steady $2 million each day, with 700.000 daily downloads, reports Newzoo. In total, Pokémon GO has been installed around 550 million times and it has generated $470 million in revenue.
"These are exciting times for digital games", says Startselect CEO Max Gudden. "With FIFA 17 and the popular FIFA Points, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare offering its Modern Warfare Remastered as a digital bonus and Pokémon GO taking the world by storm, we're seeing that digital games are an increasingly important part of the industry."