The future of gaming is digital, or so it seems with the amount of money people buying games this way. While some may feel more secure with physical discs for their games, the easier digital method of distribution is making an impact.
SuperData Research has done the number crunching and come up the results of how much money we are digitally spending on games in June 2015. With $1.02 billion made in just one month, this shows not only how big gaming is but also the importance of the growth of digital distribution to the industry.
This importance is proven by the fact that this profit has risen around 18 perfect each year. This profit comes from downloading by mobile, PC and consoles, which is no surprise as these are the most used methods of gaming. When looking at what the games making most digital profit are there is no real surprises, though Call of Duty: Ghosts being in the list is a little odd.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare at top and as expected is dominated by digital purchases. Grand Theft Auto V and its release on the current generation consoles is high too, with Grand Theft Auto Online helping to strengthen its profits.
The fact that Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited is so strong is interesting, and this is likely to be down to the change in payment model. Batman: Arkham Knight had more digital impact and this is no doubt on consoles, I doubt the profits were helped here by the disastrous PC release.
With Destiny at number five, I would have expected that to be higher but the games above are obviously popular games with releases in this year. Call of Duty: Ghosts appearing at number six, could be a surprise but it is in the second half of the list.
With the final games being The Witcher 3, Mortal Kombat X, Battlefield Hardline, and Madden NFL 15 this shows that it is the big releases that have really pushed the digital profits. I’m sure UK gamers will notice the fact that FIFA is not on the list.
As these are profits made in America though, football, or soccer as they call it is still not as popular as NFL. I’m sure 2K will be disappointed that Evolve didn’t make a digital impact in June.
What are your thoughts on the digital profits for June 2015? Let me know your thoughts below.