November may have been a disappointment for physical console sales, but within the digital space it was a different story.
SuperData says that the console digital market was up 35% worldwide compared with the same period a year before. Across all digital markets (including mobile, premium PC and MMO) digital sales were up an impressive 13% to $6.7 billion.
The digital results will provide some relief after a disappointing November for physical stores. NPD revealed last week that video game software on consoles declined by 18% in the US. That was a drop of $62m.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was the biggest selling console digital game of November, but it struggled in comparison to Black Ops III and is down 27% compared with that title's first month on sale. Fortunately, sustained revenue from Battlefield 1, FIFA 17, GTA V and Black Ops III kept the market buoyant,
In terms of other platforms, mobile's growth rate was 19%, with Pokemon Go continuing to lead the charge. That title generated $128 million alone in November revenue, although it now must fend off the cold weather to ensure a strong December.
Clash of Clans and Clash Royale generated a combined $210m during the month, which bodes well ahead of the arrival of a Clash TV series.
Free-to-play MMO has become saturated, and as a result that market grew by a smaller 3%. That's still better than pay-to-play MMOs, which contracted by 22%
PC premimum market's growth rate was 18% year-on-year, it's a little disappointing compared with the overall growth of that sector this year - the 'significantly weaker' performance of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare on PC contributed to that slower growth compared with console.
Here are the SuperData charts.
|1||Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare|
|4||Grand Theft Auto V|
|5||Call of Duty: Black Ops III|
|6||Watch Dogs 2|
|9||Gears of War 4|
|1||League of Legends|
|3||Dungeon Fighter Online|
|4||World of Warcraft|
|7||World of Tanks|
|9||Fantasy Westward Journey Online II|
|10||Counter-Strike: Global Offensive|
|4||Clash of Clans|
|6||Game of War: Fire Age|
|7||Fantasy Westward Journey|
|8||Puzzle & Dragons|
|9||Candy Crush Saga|
|10||Clash of Kings|