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Digital Sales Of PC-based Gaming Surpassed $32 billion In 2015, Outpacing Digital Sales Of Mobile & Console Games

SuperData Research has revealed its latest stats for overall digital sales of video-games in 2015. According to the stats, PC gaming has generated $32 billion in 2015, whereas mobile gaming has generated $25.1 billion and console gaming generated around 4$ billion. In other words, the king is dead, long live the king.

As SuperData Research’s report stated:

“PC-based gaming—consisting of free-to-play MMOs, subscription-based games like World of Warcraft, social games and PC downloadable games—earns over $32 billion annually, well above the $25.1 billion generated by mobile games. Three of the year’s top five digital PC games (Grand Theft Auto V, Fallout 4 and The Witcher 3) were released in 2015, indicating that PC gamers have made significant progress transitioning to purchasing games digitally.”

What’s also really interesting is that the top 10 PC games generated more money/revenue than the top 10 mobile or the top 10 console games.

SuperData Research has provided the following stats and as we can see, the F2P games generate a lot of money. And when we say a lot, we mean  A LOT.

Top Grossing PC Games by Revenue, 2015 (mil $)

  1. League of Legends Tencent/Riot Games $1,628
  2. CrossFire SmileGate $1,110
  3. Dungeon Fighter Online Neople $1,052
  4. World of Warcraft Activision $814
  5. World of Tanks Wargaming.net $446
  6. Lineage I NCSOFT $339
  7. Maplestory Nexon $253
  8. DOTA 2 Valve Corporation $238
  9. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Valve Corporation $221
  10. Grand Theft Auto V Take-Two Interactive $205

For comparison purposes, here are the stats for mobile and console games.

Top Grossing Mobile Games by Revenue, 2015 (mil $)

  1. Clash of Clans Supercell $1,345
  2. Game of War: Fire Age Machine Zone $799
  3. Puzzle & Dragons Gungho Online Ent. Inc $729
  4. Candy Crush Saga King Digital $682
  5. MonsterStrike Mixi $674
  6. Candy Crush Soda Saga King Digital $518
  7. Fantasy Westward Journey NetEase $451
  8. Colopl Rune Story COLOPL NI Inc $356
  9. Disney Tsum Tsum LINE Corp $326
  10. Boom Beach Supercell $297

Top Grossing Console Games by Revenue, 2015 (mil $)

  1. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Activision $355
  2. FIFA 15 Electronic Arts $332
  3. Grand Theft Auto V Take-Two Interactive $322
  4. Destiny Activision $291
  5. Call of Duty: Black Ops III Activision $224
  6. FIFA 16 Electronic Arts $212
  7. Fallout 4 Bethesda Softworks $108
  8. Star Wars Battlefront Electronic Arts $106
  9. Madden NFL 16 Electronic Arts $76
  10. Madden NFL 15 Electronic Art $73

John Papadopoulos

John is the founder and Editor in Chief at DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and highly supports the modding and indie communities. Before creating DSOGaming, John worked on numerous gaming websites. While he is a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots can be found on consoles. John loved - and still does - the 16-bit consoles, and considers SNES to be one of the best consoles. Still, the PC platform won him over consoles. That was mainly due to 3DFX and its iconic dedicated 3D accelerator graphics card, Voodoo 2. John has also written a higher degree thesis on the "The Evolution of PC graphics cards." Contact: Email