Fortnite kills it like Asteroids and Space Invaders never did
Shooting and dancing video game earns the ‘most annual revenue of any game in history’
Epic Games battle royale phenomenon Fortnite earned “the most annual revenue of any game in history” across 2018, according to a report from gaming analytics firm SuperData.
The hugely successful video game, played by more than 200 million players worldwide, made $2.4bn last year according to SuperData. While the base game is free to download, Fortnite drives revenue by selling in-game “skins” and emotes via microtransactions, as well as the regular “Battle Pass” season updates that offer players new challenges.
The report says that the success of Fortnite was a major factor in digital games revenue jumping 11% over 2017 with $109.8bn made across mobile, console and PC. Digital games revenue is expected to top $118bn in 2019.
Free-to-play games, such as Fortnite, made up 80% of global revenues, with 62% of that figure coming from Asia, driven by games such as Tencent’s Honour of Kings in China.
While free-to-play has become the dominant business model in terms of global revenue, premium gaming remains a hugely significant sector, particularly in the West. Premium games revenue jumped 10% to $17.8bn, with games such as Fifa 18 ($790m), Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 ($612m) and Red Dead Redemption 2 ($516m) some of the top earners.
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