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SuperData claims global premium PC digital revenue dropped five per cent in November

SuperData claims global premium PC digital revenue dropped five per cent in November

The amount of digital revenue generated by premium PC titles dropped five per cent globally in November this year.

That's according to the folks over at SuperData Research, which says that consumers spent $9.05bn on digital titles across PC, console and mobile. That's a one per cent decrease on last year's figure.

PC revenue offset a 13 per cent increase in console revenue, which was flying high thanks to Fortnite's continued success as well as a small indie title called Red Dead Redemption 2.

The New York boffins also estimate that Battlefield V and Fallout 76 have sold in the region of 1.9m and 1.4m copies respectively across both PC and console.

It's also bad news for Destiny 2, with the post-launch rise of user engagement following the Forsaken's release in September being something of a fad. SuperData says that revenue for the space MMO has dipped 63 per cent year-on-year.

This does seem to vindicate Activision's CFO assertion that the game isn't meeting commercial expectations, even if developer Bungie is happy with how things are going.

It's not just Activision feeling the heat, either. Ubisoft's Rainbow Six Siege is seeing a slow-down in revenue. A decline in spending in October was followed by 33 per cent dip in November. It's possible this was tied to the short-lived changes Ubisoft briefly made to appease Chinese regulators before a launch in that region.

This month's Top Ten features a lot of familiar faces, such as League of Legends, Dungeon Fighter Online and CrossFire.

Battlefield V debuts at the No.5 spot, while fellow EA title The Sims 4 returns to the chart in No.7 following a sizeable patch to the life management/sociopath training title.

Counter-Strike: GO returns to the Top Ten in the No.10 spot. Expect that title to appear more in the coming years following the title's transition to a free-to-play model.

Another Valve title, Dota 2, comes on at No.10, likely driven by hype surrounding spin-off card game Artifact.

Here is the Top Ten for premium games in November:

1. League of Legends, Riot Games
2. Dungeon Fighter Online, Neople
3. CrossFire, Smilegate
4. Fortnite: Battle Royale, Epic Games
5. Battlefield V, EA
6. Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, PUBG Corp
7. The Sims 4, EA
8. World of Tanks, Wargaming
9. Counter-Strike: Global-Offensive, Valve
10. Dota 2, Valve


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He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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