Fortnite and FIFA 19 were 2019’s top digital earners – report

By Sherif Saed, Friday, 3 January 2020 10:21 GMT

People spent more money on Fortnite, and FIFA 19 than any other game in 2019.

Market analyst Superdata has published its year-end report with a look at the highest-grossing segments and most profitable games in 2019. Free-to-play games dominated spending, accounting for 80% of all digital revenue in 2019.

Fortnite was the highest-grossing free-to-play game last year (and the year before), earning $1.8 billion in revenue across all platforms. On the paid/premium games end, FIFA 19 came out on top, with $786 million. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare wasn’t far behind, at number two with $645 million.

Thanks to a bit of a drop in big releases in 2019 compared to 2018, the premium segment declined by 5%.

Overall, industry spending grew by 4%, with mobile continuing to generate the biggest revenue at $64.4 billion, followed by $29.6 billion on PC, and $15.4 billion on consoles.

Read on below for the top digital performers in 2019:

Free-to-play

  1. Fortnite.
  2. Dungeon Fighter Online.
  3. Honour of Kings.
  4. League of Legends.
  5. Candy Crush Saga.
  6. Pokemon Go.
  7. Crossfire.
  8. Fate/Grand Order.
  9. Game for Peace.
  10. Last Shelter: Survival.

Premium

  1. FIFA 19.
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
  3. GTA 5.
  4. FIFA 20.
  5. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
  6. NBA 2K19.
  7. The Division 2.
  8. Rainbow Six Siege.
  9. Borderlands 3.
  10. The Sims 4.

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