Each and every year we hear NBA 2K fans express their disappointment and frustration about each and every new iteration of this basketball game. Yet, despite this fan backlash, NBA 2K manages to sell like hotcakes, each and every year. And, according to Superdata, NBA 2K21 was the top-earning game of September 2021.
Moreover, Marvel’s Avengers sold 2.2M digital units in September 2020. Additionally, Crusader Kings III broke records for PC strategy games, selling 1.1M digital units in September 2020. Not only that, but Rocket League’s transition to a free-to-play business model paid off for developer Psyonix.
Going into more details, the digital console sales of NBA 2K21 were up 19% over NBA 2K20 at launch, and in-game revenue similarly increased by 8%. On the other hand, Marvel’s Avengers was the second-biggest digital launch for a Square Enix title behind FF7 Remake. Marvel’s Avengers’ total digital sales were roughly the same as the last major superhero game, PlayStation 4 exclusive Marvel’s Spider-Man.
Crusader Kings III sold more units in its launch month than its main competitors. These competitors are none other than Total War: Three Kingdoms and Sid Meier’s Civilization VI.
Lastly, the player numbers of Rocket League nearly tripled in September, up 193% a week after the F2P shift. Revenue-wise, total digital sales from September 23 to 30 (when the game was free to play) nearly matched the three previous weeks.