Black Desert Online hits $1.7bn revenue milestone

Black Desert Online hits $1.7bn revenue milestone

South Korean games company Pearl Abyss' Black Desert Online has made $1.7bn in revenue to date.

The title has made $700m since April of last year, when the firm announced that the MMO had passed the $1bn mark. Black Desert Online originally was released on 2015 and boasts 40m users from over 150 countries.

North America and Europe are behind 40 per cent of the MMO's revenue, while 26 per cent of cash has come from South Korea. The remaining 34 per cent has come from the rest of Asia.

"It's unbelievable to think that Pearl Abyss' journey began a decade ago. Time flies when you're having fun," Pearl Abyss CEO Robin Jung said.

"We've reached dizzying heights and continue to strive towards making the best games in the world. One key aspect of our success has been the creation of our in-house game engine. This technology has allowed us to quickly scale titles like Black Desert across multiple huge platforms, all while delivering new content and exciting experiences to our players. Here's to many more years to come."

Pearl Abyss bought Eve Online maker CCP for $425m back in September 2018.

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