A recent study has confirmed that the Video Games industry earned approximately $108.4 Billion in 2017. Free-to-play video games managed to generate an incredible $82 Billion across both PC and Mobile – that’s around eighty percent of the entire total! Despite GTA approaching it’s fourth year, that didn’t stop them staying one of the biggest games in 2017 with it making over $500 Million. 2016’s reports suggested that Rockstar’s GTA 5 accomplished $700M, so with only $200m under compared to two years ago that’s pretty impressive. GTA wasn’t the only game increasing the Gaming Industry’s value, especially with Call of Duty WW2 also passing the $500M milestone. Battle Royale Games such as Fortnite and PUBG were a key aspect to 2017 as they hit approximately $1B between them both.
Consoles – PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch
There is no current accurate price on how much PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch made in the Gaming Community last year, although there’s no doubt that we witnessed some unbelievable sale milestones achieved by Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft. Nintendo Switch is thought to have now sold 15 million units, if these figures are true they’d have already outsold the entire Wii U run within a year of the console being available! A top secret Nintendo Switch Karting Game is rumoured to be on the way for the console along with new features possibly coming in 2018. PS4 is currently the most bought console with over 70 Million sales and the Xbox One is behind by a fair bit, considering it’s release date, with 40 Million sold.
The top ten Mobile Games managed to surpass $11B in 2017, and that’s only a very small percentage of the $60B which Mobile Gaming earned in total. Mobile Games increased their value by around $14B compared to 2016.
Top Ten Mobile Games in 2017:
- Arena of Valor
- Fantasy Westward Journey
- Monster Strike
- Clash Royale
- Clash of Clans
- Fate Grand / Order
- Lineage 2: Revolution
- Candy Crush Saga
- Pokemon GO
- Ghost Story
Video Gaming Content – Twitch, Youtube etc.
Video Gaming Content played a huge part in the final revenue of 2017. Streaming Services such as Twitch and Youtube reached $3.2B as a combined total. Although 3.2B may not sound like a lot compared to PC and Mobile Games, if we compare it to eSports you’re looking over quadruple the amount of earnings last year.
From what we’ve seen so far, it seems as if Battle Royale will be playing a huge part in the future of Gaming. Fortnite and PUBG will continue becoming more successful and pushing the Gaming revenue to possibly a total of over $130B by the end of 2018.
Source: Super Data