In a market as complex as the one that video games are developed, marketed, and sold in, the research data regarding their respective successes or failures is equally complicated. For most gamers, the reports from the NPD Group, one of the most respected analysts when it comes to sales figures, are often where they glean trends in video games – for instance, the June NPD report from this year suggested console sales are slowing down, while a report on last month indicated that NBA 2K17 was doing well in sales.
For those looking for an even more thorough analysis, however, research firm SuperData has quickly made a name for itself in video games due to the company’s willingness to examine more online-oriented data like microtransaction sales and the like. Recently, SuperData finally released its findings for the September 2016 period, and it appears that the dominance of some of gaming’s biggest titles will not be broken easily – Pokemon GO, Destiny, and League of Legends topped the cash grossing charts for mobile, console, and PC gaming respectively.
Even though SuperData’s reports confirm more of the same kind of results video game fans have come to expect in 2016, there are still a number of interesting insights to be gleaned from what the firm has found. Bolstered by sales that were stronger than Destiny‘s initial launch period, the release of Destiny: Rise of Iron in September rocketed Bungie’s shooter to the top of the console charts over traditionally dominant fall releases like FIFA 17.
On the mobile platform, the continued dominance of Pokemon GO is also the most unsurprising, as the title’s status of global phenomenon has not been in jeopardy despite the development team’s slow response time in updating or implementing key design features. Pokemon GO sits comfortably ahead of its compatriots on mobile, much like League of Legends does its competitors on PC – World of Warcraft is the closest to Riot’s cash cow, with the nearest genre competitor being DOTA 2 a full six ranks behind League.
Of note, despite not being particularly close to the first spot on either platform, Blizzard’s Overwatch is making steady progress on both console and PC, making the top 10 list for both and finishing ahead of DOTA 2 on PC. Overwatch‘s community has been praised very highly over the course of its brief existence, and its dedicated playerbase makes it a looming threat that could usurp other games on similar lists in the near future.
For those interested in the full rankings list, here they are for each category, courtesy of SuperData: