Sales of Digital Video Games Surge

To start off 2017 strong, sales of global digital video games were boosted by the rapid advancement in downloads in consoles and personal computers after the holidays. A report from analysis firm SuperData Research stated profits in January from games downloaded directly to consoles, PCs and mobile devices rushed 9.8 percent from the same period last year to $7.47 billion, not including sales of physical software. Sales to PCs rose 34 percent, while revenue from games downloaded to consoles like Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation jumped 32 percent year over year.

“The shift to digital for the console market shows no signs of a slowdown, particularly in the U.S. where the segment rose 43 percent,” SuperData said in a report. The console performance was underscored by the strength of blockbuster franchises like Electronic Arts’ “FIFA” and Take-Two Interactive’s “Grand Theft Auto,” and also by the rise of “ARK: Survival Evolved,” an “unusual standout” from the small, privately held publisher Studio Wildcard, SuperData notes.

Sales of Activision’s “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” continued to slump. It sold 41 percent fewer units to PC and console gamers in January compared with the last installment, “Black Ops III.” That follows a 23 percent drop in December. Though, deteriorating unit sales were offset by an advanced average selling price for deluxe versions of the game, stated SuperData. Lastly, sales of “Zynga Poker” rose 19 percent to $13 million for its fourth straight month of revenue growth. “Zynga Poker” also converted 4.9 percent of all users into paying players, a record high, according to SuperData.

Here are the top five performers on the PC, console and mobile platforms for January 2017, according to CNBC:

PC

1. “League of Legends” 
2. “CrossFire” 
3. “Dungeon Fighter Online” 
4. “Overwatch”
5. “World of Warcraft (West)” 

Console

1. “FIFA 17” 
2. “Grand Theft Auto V” 
3. “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” 
4. “ARK: Survival Evolved” 
5. “Call of Duty: Black Ops III” 

Mobile

1. “Clash Royale” 
2. “Monster Strike” 
3. “Clash of Clans” 
4. “Pokémon GO” 
5. “Fate/Grand Order” 

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