The digital games market is still on the rise, generating $11.7 billion in sales in 2013. According to market research firm SuperData
, this total marks an 11% increase over digital sales in 2012. SuperData noted that Christmas and New Year's occurring in the middle of the week may have helped spiked end-of-year numbers; December 2013 saw a 36% increase in digital sales compared to December 2012.
titles claimed the largest percentage of the digital pie, representing $3.6 billion in sales. Free-to-play
titles were up 45% year-on-year to $2.9 billion. Perhaps most interesting for MMO players is the fact that F2P MMO offerings from games like World of Warcraft
and Star Wars: The Old Republic
landed in the top ten, though the top three free-to-play earners in 2013 were CrossFire
, League of Legends
, and Dungeon Fighter Online
Data used by the firm is gathered by collecting digital transaction data directly from developers and publishers.
[Thanks to Hagu for the tip!]