SuperData: PC digital revenue fell 4% year-on-year in December

SuperData: PC digital revenue fell 4% year-on-year in December

The amount of money spent on digital PC games fell by four per cent for December 2019.

That's according to research firm SuperData, which reports that overall digital spending on video games rose by eight per cent globally to reach an all-time high of $9.8bn for the month. Though PC saw a small single-figure percentage decline in revenue, console cash declined by a whopping 25 per cent compared with December 2018.

SuperData says that this is due to dipping popularity of Fortnite, which saw its all-time peak in player spending at the end of 2018.

Riot Games' League of Legends took the top spot for PC spending, likely due to the renewed interest in the franchise over celebrations of its tenth anniversary and the reveal of a load of new titles including card game Legends of Runeterra. Red Dead Redemption 2 joins the Top Ten in fifth place following Rockstar's cowboy romp's launching on Steam. The title was released on other PC storefronts in November but didn't make it into the charts off the back of those. Coming to Valve's platform, in addition to the free time afforded by the Christmas holiday, likely were behind the game's entry into the Top Ten. 

Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare holds steady as the seventh biggest PC cash cow in December, while Halo: The Master Chief Collection comes in at tenth place following its debut on Steam and Windows 10. That's pretty impressive considering that the game is playable via Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass subscription service, meaning that consumers don't actually need to buy the game. 

Here is the Top Ten PC games by digital spending for December:

1. League of Legends, Riot Games
2. Dungeon Fighter Online, Neople
3. Crossfire, Smilegate
4. Fantasy Westward Journey Online II, NetEase
5. Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar
6. Roblox, Roblox
7. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Activision Blizzard
8. World of Warcraft, Activision Blizzard
9. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valve
10. Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Microsoft

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