SuperData: Digital PC revenue up 31% in January

SuperData: Digital PC revenue up 31% in January

Digital revenue from PC games rose by 31 per cent year-on-year for the month of January.

That's according to research firm SuperData, which reports that $11.6 billion was spent on video games digitally during the month, an increase of 15 per cent over the previous year. PC games saw the biggest increase, with console titles seeing a 24 per cent rise in revenue and mobile clocking in a six per cent increase.

SuperData says that Valorant saw an increase in player numbers and revenue during January. Riot's shooter apparently saw a 39 per cent rise in consumer spending between December and January, in addition to a 29 per cent increase in player numbers. Lapsed users reportedly made up 72 per cent of the growth of monthly players.

Meanwhile, the Western version of World of Warcraft saw a dip in players following an increase in popularity from the Shadowlands expansion which launched in November. Revenue fell by 61 per cent between then and January, while user figures dipped 41 per cent. No doubt the recent news from BlizzCon 2021 will cause a spike in engagement.

Finally, the PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2 saw a record number of users during January, boasting almost twice that of the console edition. This is possibly due to Rockstar rolling out a standalone version of the cowboy romp's multiplayer, Red Dead Online, which had a $4.99 price tag until the middle of February.

In the PC Top Ten, Cyberpunk 2077 has disappeared out of the rankings altogether after taking the No.1 spot in December, while Dungeon Fighter Online from Neople rose three places to the top of the charts. Riot's Valoraant returns to the Top Ten in sixth place, too.

Here are the Top Ten grossing PC games by digital revenue for January 2021:

1. Dungeon Fighter Online, Neople
2. League of Legends, Riot Games
3. Crossfire, Smilegate
4. Fantasy Westward Journey Online, NetEase
5. World of Warcraft (West), Blizzard
6. Valorant, Riot Games
7. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valve
8. Roblox, Roblox
9. World of Tanks, Wargaming
10. Fortnite, Epic Games

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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.