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Superdata: No Man's Sky flies once more as Fortnite begins to flag

July digital games market report shows Epic's battle royale nonetheless continues to drive growth

Fortnite's success may continue for some time to come, but in July the first evidence manifested of its unchecked growth flagging at last. Nonetheless, it continued to drive console digital game spending throughout the month according to SuperData's monthly report.

The report on the worldwide digital games market for July showed that overall, digital game spending was up 3% year-over-year at $8.2 billion, with Fornite driving the heaviest increases in console downloads. Premium PC once again looked lackluster comparatively, down 14% year-over-year.

Despite its continued steady success, Fortnite did settle somewhat after months in a row of exponential growth. Fortnite revenue increased a mere 2% from last month in spite of the season 5 battle pass release during the reporting period.

Overwatch, now solidly into its third year, is still growing its community with an increase in monthly active users thanks to a free-to-play weekend and continued updates, but its additional content sales are still on the decline both year-over-year and since last month.

Most surprising was the return of No Man's Sky, which had its best month since its launch in August of 2016. Superdata estimates the game brought in $24 million across PC, PS4, and its new launch on Xbox One, with over two million active players--ten times as many as it had last month.

Overall mobile rankings barely moved from June to July, with the only change being Fate/Grand Order's edge up over Monster Strike into 7th place.


  1. Dungeon Fighter Online
  2. League of Legends
  3. Crossfire
  4. Fantasy Westward Journey Online II
  5. Fortnite: Battle Royale
  6. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
  7. World of Warcraft
  8. World of Tanks
  9. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  10. DOTA 2


  1. Fortnite: Battle Royale
  2. FIFA 18
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Call of Duty: WWII
  5. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege
  6. No Man's Sky
  7. The Crew 2
  8. Far Cry 5
  9. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  10. NBA 2K18


  1. Honour of Kings
  2. QQ Speed
  3. Pokemon Go
  4. Knives Out
  5. Fantasy Westward Journey
  6. Clash Royale
  7. Fate/Grand Order
  8. Monster Strike
  9. Candy Crush Saga
  10. Clash of Clans

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Rebekah Valentine: Rebekah arrived at GamesIndustry in 2018 after four years of freelance writing and editing across multiple gaming and tech sites. When she's not recreating video game foods in a real life kitchen, she's happily imagining herself as an Animal Crossing character.
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