SuperData has released its worldwide digital video games stats for October 2017. According to the stats, the total revenue across console, mobile and PC in October was $8.5 billion, up from $7.4 billion in the same month last year. This growth is mainly due to a 28% jump in premium PC sales.
The overall PC sales were boosted by Destiny 2’s successful BattleNet launch, and the continued success of PLAYERUNKNOWN’S Battlegrounds. As SuperData pointed out, PLAYERUNKNOWN’s Battlegrounds had its best month, selling another 5 million units.
Furthermore, SuperData’s stats prove that single-player games still have legs. In October, South Park: The Fractured but Whole, Middle Earth: Shadow of War, and Assassin’s Creed: Origins generated over $160M through digital full game sales. Obviously these games won’t be able to compete with online games, however it’s obvious that single-player games still generate a lot of money.
SuperData also revealed that Epic’s Fortnite: Battle Royale’s MAU has grown larger than PUBG’s in October across PC and console. However, PLAYERUNKNOWN’S Battlegrounds still generates a higher revenue. After all, PUBG comes with a $30 price point, whereas Fortnite is a F2P game. SuperData believes that Fortnite may get close to PUBG in the long run. After all, Epic’s game has already introduced cosmetic microtransactions through an in-game cash shop in October. On the other hand, PUBG will hit consoles in 2018 and will fully release this month, something that will obviously boost its sales.
Overall, it will be interesting to see what will happen in December. SuperData also expects Fortnite to leverage their cash shop and introduce Christmas-themed cosmetics.
Last but not least, SuperData revealed October’s top 10 selling games by platform, and you can find them below!