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Fortnite and PUBG did great in December 2018, Battlefield V flops

Published: 18:57, 23 January 2019
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Analysts at SuperData have published their report on the state of the worldwide video game market in December 2018, where both Fortnite and PUBG did great in terms of revenue, which couldn't be said for EA and DICE's shooter Battlefield V.

December saw Epic's Fortnite: Battle Royale as the highest grossing title on consoles, which isn't quite surprising considering the game's track record. Its performance on the master race side of things wasn't too shabby either, albeit not enough to take down Riot's League of Legends and Neople's Dungeon Fighter Online.

PUBG helped itself to sixth place on the PC and while it didn't make the top 10 chart on consoles, the game managed to sell 2.75 million copies in the month. We don't have the exact split but if we had to guess, we'd say a brunt of it was thanks to the game's PlayStation 4 launch, which was on 07 December 2018.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate turned out to be December's best selling console game and it helped Nintendo flog some gear while it was at it. In fact, SuperData claim that it had as many as 2.49 million Switch assists.

Unfortunately for DICE and EA, Battlefield V didn't manage to make the top 10 when it comes to console sales, lagging behind the competitors by a significant margin. We guess that pushing back the launch to November didn't really help the companies much.

For all the dust it kicked up, Gabe and Co's decision to make Counter Strike: Global Offensive a free-to-play title seems to have been a good one. Not only did the game rack up a new monthly high with 20 million users in December, it earned $49 million between November and December.

SuperData SuperData's chart of highest grossing video games in December 2018 SuperData, December 2018

Unfortunately, SuperData's report alsaw saw digital spending on video games drop by 2 per cent in the same month, settiling at $9 billion. It turns out that most of the drop is due to Premium PC, whose 21 per cent drop was somewhat softened by a 12 per cent increase in console spending.

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