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Digital game sales rise to $7.7bn in April - SuperData

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has already made around $34 million while in Early Access

The latest report from SuperData shows that digital game sales increased 9% year-over-year to $7.7 billion in April. The firm noted that mobile continues to be a strong segment, showing 8% growth over last April, while the free-to-play segment jumped up 27%. That said, some of the growth segments were offset by declines in social, premium PC, console, and pay-to-play segments.

In particular, both Mass Effect: Andromeda and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands, saw "sharp declines in digital revenue in April, possibly due to mediocre reviews." SuperData said that EA dominated digital console rankings, and that FIFA 17 and Battlefield 1 were the top grossing console titles for the month. Ultimate Team helped push FIFA 17 digital revenue and Battlefield 1, although down slightly from March, still showed traction with its recent DLC.

On the PC side, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is enjoying yet more success, generating an estimated $34 million in April while Overwatch managed to reach new revenue highs for MAU and MTX (microtransactions). SuperData noted that this marks a high point for Overwatch as it nears its one-year anniversary; growth was largely attributable to the new Uprising update. Blizzard's other major digital title, Hearthstone, has also managed to recover in April following a February that was "one of its worst months ever in terms of digital revenue, on the back of its latest expansion Journey to Un'Goro.”

It's worth noting that GTA V saw a digital uptick in April as well, thanks to the new Tiny Racers update, an homage to old-school top-down racing titles. You can see in the console chart below that Rockstar's title came in third in digital rankings.


  1. League of Legends
  2. Crossfire
  3. New Westward Journey Online II
  4. Dungeon Fighter Online
  5. World of Warcraft
  6. World of Tanks
  7. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
  8. World of Warcraft (East)
  9. Overwatch
  10. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive


  1. FIFA 17
  2. Battlefield 1
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  5. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  6. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  7. Overwatch
  8. Persona 5
  9. Destiny
  10. NBA 2k17


  1. Clash Royale
  2. Monster Strike
  3. Clash of Clans
  4. Game of War: Fire Age
  5. Fantasy Westward Journey
  6. Mobile Strike
  7. Honour of Kings
  8. Pokemon GO
  9. Lineage 2 Revolution
  10. Fate/Grant Order
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James Brightman has been covering the games industry since 2003 and has been an avid gamer since the days of Atari and Intellivision. He was previously EIC and co-founder of IndustryGamers and spent several years leading GameDaily Biz at AOL prior to that.