SuperData: Digital games spending hit all-time high in March

SuperData: Digital games spending hit all-time high in March

Consuming spending on digital video games reached a new record high in March.

That's according to research firm SuperData, which reports that $10bn was spent during the month, an increase of 11 per cent year-on-year. This is, very obviously, due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemics. People forced to social distance and spend time at home need a way of entertaining themselves and video games seem to be a popular way to do that.

Premium PC and console revenue rose during the period, too. PC was up by 56 per cent for March, making $567m in the month. Again, this will be due to the lockdown measures taken in North America and Europe.

In the PC charts, League of Legends drops to second place and is replaced by Neople's Dungeon Fighter Online. Doom Eternal makes its debut in fifth place following what appears to be a huge launch, especially on PC.

Borderlands 3 reenters the Top Ten at No.7 thanks to its launch on Steam after six months on the Epic Games store. Meanwhile, VR-exclusive Half-Life: Alyx was the eighth best-selling game of the month.

Below is the Top Ten grossing digital PC games of March 2020:

1. Dungeon Fighter Online, Neople
2. League of Legends, Riot Games
3. Crossfire, Smilegate
4. Fantasy Westward Journey Online II, NetEase
5. Doom Eternal, Bethesda
6. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valve
7. Borderlands 3, 2K Games
8. Half-Life: Alyx, Valve
9. World of Warcraft, Blizzard
10. World of Tanks, Wargaming

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