October Digital Sales Revenue on Consoles Up 14% With FIFA 16 Taking Top Spot

October has been a good month for digital game sales, with a 7% year-over-year rise in the market to $5.5 billion. It will come as no surprise that in the month before some of the biggest titles were released, FIFA 16 remained on top for consoles.

PlayStationLifestyle have reported, based on SuperData results that digital console revenue is up 14% to $375 million in the month of October. This was pushed by an increase in spending in the North America region where there has been an increase in the usage of current generation consoles PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The top ranked digital console games for October 2015 were:

  1. FIFA 16
  2. Destiny
  3. Grand Theft Auto 5
  4. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  5. FIFA 15

These titles come as no real surprise with the release of FIFA 16 and Destiny having its year 2 updates as well as the release of The Taken King. Grand Theft Auto 5 has continued to be successful with Grand Theft Auto Online, and Call of Duty is always expected to be a good seller especially with the loyalty scheme Treyarch were running.

On FIFA 16, and FIFA 15’s re-appearance on the chart:

“As publishers held off on major new releases until late October and early November, legacy tiles with strong additional content sales won out on PC and console. EA’s FIFA 16 earned 52% of its October digital revenue from additional content, and strong sales of FIFA Ultimate Team card packs also boosted the year-old FIFA 15, earning it a spot on the top-five digital console titles.”

It will be interesting to see what November’s digital results will be, especially with the impact of not only Fallout 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 but also Halo 5: Guardians, Need for Speed and Rise of the Tomb Raider. No doubt FIFA 16 will have huge competition with these games.

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