Sales tracker Superdata has revealed its month-to-month gross sales chart for July 2019, monitoring worldwide digital gross sales throughout PC, console, and cellular.
Consumers spent $9.02 billion on digital video games in July, up from $8.56 billion in the identical month final yr.
Grand Theft Auto V Online’s Diamond Casino update led to an enormous uptick in gross sales for Rockstar’s immensely in style sport. Earlier this month, the developer introduced that GTA Online had broken its record for most players in a single day on July 23, and most gamers in a whole week between July 23 – 29. The firm did not share particular participant numbers, however Superdata estimates the sport offered $69 million throughout console and PC following the Diamond Casino replace, so the numbers definitely again Rockstar’s claims up.
The replace, which launched a on line casino stuffed with video games to play, rewards to earn, and new story missions to finish, led to probably the greatest digital gross sales months for the sport because it launched again in 2013. It additionally marked the primary month of double-digit yr-over-yr progress since August 2018.
Elsewhere, Fire Emblem: Three Houses had the very best digital launch in franchise historical past, promoting 800,000 digital items on Switch in July. This follows NPD Group’s monthly sales chart from July, which confirmed that Three Houses recorded the very best first-month gross sales for a Fire Emblem sport of all time within the US, adequate to make it the second highest-promoting sport of the month, behind Madden NFL 20. NPD by no means shares precise gross sales numbers, however add on the 800,000 items offered in worldwide digital gross sales and it is secure to imagine Three Houses had a really profitable launch.
Season 2 of Apex Legends kicked off in July, producing $37 million throughout each console and PC. This is double what Respawn’s shooter made in June, however solely roughly half of what Season 1 earned again in March. The Titanfall battle royale sport courted controversy this month after its Iron Crown occasion launched overly expensive new cosmetics. This led to altercations on Reddit when a thread discussing the event took a flip for the more serious as soon as builders started criticizing the group with insulting language and saying most gamers are “freeloaders.” Respawn CEO Vince Zampella has since issued a statement apologizing for the incident.
Another battle royale title, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, offered an additional a million items after a value reduce. Superdata estimates PUBG offered 1.1 million items on PC in July, with a mean promoting value of $18. Sales are nonetheless down considerably from final yr, nonetheless.