Top 10 PC Games Revenue Destroys Consoles During 2015

/ 3 years ago


The demise of PC gaming and its impending doom is a common misnomer which doesn’t reflect how well the platform is doing financially and in terms of total players. For example, earlier this month Steam managed to hit an astonishing figure of 12 million concurrent users. According to a NeoGAF thread, the most played title during the peak period was Dota 2, with 940,373 concurrent players. New research from SuperData has tracked the total revenue by platform and makes for some very interesting reading. As you can see, the top 10 console revenue results pale in comparison to the PC and exemplifies how profitable the platform is. Unbelievably, League of Legends managed to amass $1,628 million during 2015, which is more than four times the amount from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.


Not only that, the top PC results actually outperformed the mobile sector, which is a surprise given the financial benefits via microtransactions. So what do these numbers actually mean? While the console market is still more popular, it’s not as financially successful and PC gaming revenues continue to rise at an impressive rate. The yearly research explains:

“Despite a heavy industry focus on mobile gaming, the combined earnings of digital PC games for the top titles came in higher, totaling $6.3B in sales compared to $6.18B for mobile. PC-based gaming–consisting of free-to-play MMOs, subscription-based games like World of Warcraft, social games and PC downloadable games–earns over $32 billion annually, well above the $25.1 billion generated by mobile games. Three of the year’s top five digital PC games (Grand Theft Auto V, Fallout 4 and The Witcher 3) were released in 2015, indicating that PC gamers have made significant progress transitioning to purchasing games digitally.”

Clearly, the modern gaming scene has changed substantially and the PC is a very profitable platform. Furthermore, this is down to an increased player base which illustrates how promising the future is for PC gaming as a leading platform.

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7 Responses to “Top 10 PC Games Revenue Destroys Consoles During 2015”
  1. Illmaren says:

    The PC was, is and will ever be the best plattform for playing…

  2. Jamie Oliver says:

    If GTAV had of been released on PC same time as consoles, I Would imagine the revenue for that would not have been so high on console, as people like myself who could not wait etc etc…

  3. Oxyones Selene says:

    Leave it to Nexon to have such epic incompetence that they had to shut down the western version of Dungeon Fighter Online when it’s the top third in revenue for the PC….

  4. neo_raven92 says:

    > illustrates how promising the future is for PC gaming as a leading platform.
    > 8 out of 10 games are F2PMMO games

    Screw that future, if people are THAT willing to waste tons of money on F2Ps and MMOs, that means they’re MORE than willing to spend money on crappy DLC and microtransiaction filled buggy messes that are modern games

  5. ZILZAL says:

    Whats the beautiful thing about this list ? . .. besides the PC dominates ,,, it doesnt have any Ubisoft title 🙂

  6. Weston Konik says:

    Just to be fair, these are sales of digital content. This does not take in to account the sale of physical copies. And as the vast majority of console sales are physical, and the vast majority of PC sales are digital, this is to be expected.

  7. Dimitri Joseph says:

    Some might look at the pc line up and scoff that it’s a bunch of F2P and MMOs.

    But look at the console line. Oh look another COD game. Oh look another FIFA. Oh look Another Madden. Games that are re-released every year.

    In both cases (pc and console) you’re constantly paying for the same game.

    Atleast the pc list doesn’t repeat.
    Even in terms of publishers you have Activision(3x) and EA(5x) that repeat for consoles.
    And Valve(2x) repeats for PC.

    But really at the end of the day neither of these lists look that great to me. There is no winning here. These lists just show you what gaming basically is.

    This is one of the reasons i dont get excited for new games, because i know what to expect. Most of the games i play are older games.

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