It was an unforgettable year for the video game industry. Esports captures millions of people around the world, and this has caused the emergence of new multiplayer titles that have gained massive follow-up.
Tencent Holding& # 39; s (NASDAQOTH: TCEHY) Fortnite is a good example. FortniteThe success of the "Battle King" multiplayer game mode has a significant and anticipated impact on the design of games from major toy companies. Year to date until October, Activision Blizzard& # 39; s (NASDAQ: ATVI) Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was at the top of the list of best-selling games of the year, no doubt helped with the first involvement of the franchise in the battle mode of the royal games.
Take two interactive software (NASDAQ: TTWO) has the most titles on the list with three. Ubisoft (NASDAQOTH: UBSFF) (NASDAQOTH: UBSFY) and Sony (NYSE: SNE) have two, until Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) and Capcom (NASDAQOTH: CCOEF) are represented by one. The results are from the NPD Group and are based on the sales year up to October 2018.
The best-selling games until October 2018
As you study the best-selling games in the table below, keep in mind a few things.
First, the NPD only tracks sales in the United States, and the data reflect both sales in stores and digital downloads. Second, data does not include free titles such as Fortnite, which reached 125 million registered players. For this reason, this list does not reflect the most popular or most famous games of the year. If it does, Fortnite is likely to rule at the top.
|1||Call of Duty: Black Ops 4||Activision Blizzard|
|2||Red Dead Redemption 2||Take two interactive|
|3||NBA 2K19||Take two interactive|
|4||Far from scream 5||Ubisoft|
|5||Madden NFL 19||Electronic Arts|
|7||God of War 2018||Sony|
|8||Monster Hunter: World||Capcom USA|
|9||Grand Theft Auto V||Take two interactive|
|10||Assassin's Creed: The Odyssey||Ubisoft|
This list is likely to look a bit different after the NDP releases the full numbers by the end of December. Some major editions of October made the list of top 10 sellers in November. The best known are electronic arts " Battlefield V, Bethesda Softworks & # 39; Consequence 76, and Nintendo& # 39; s (NASDAQOTH: NTDOY) Re: Let's go, Pikachu and Re: Let's go, Ivey. Battlefield V and Consequence 76 are expected to be among the best sellers of the year to December, which means that several games at the bottom of the list up to the year (above) could be canceled by the end of the year.
For a perspective, here are the best-selling games in November:
|1||Red Dead Redemption 2||Take two interactive|
|2||Call of Duty: Black Ops 4||Activision Blizzard|
|3||Battlefield V||Electronic Arts|
|4||Consequence 76||Bethesda Softworks|
|5||Re: Let's go, Pikachu||Nintendo|
|6||Re: Let's go, Ivey||Nintendo|
|7||NBA 2K19||Take two interactive|
|8||Madden NFL 19||Electronic Arts|
|9||Spiro reordained trilogy||Activision Blizzard|
|10||FIFA 19||Electronic Arts|
A few downloads
What is clear is that the video game industry is very similar to the film industry dominated by extensions of existing franchises.
Besides Sony Marvel Monster – which is not really original – every game is a new version of an existing franchise. The two white hits for the year are "Take-Two" Red Dead Redemption 2 and Activision Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Both games were announced in October and seemed positioned to dominate US sales charts through the holidays. Red Dead 2 sold 17 million units in the first week after the launch.
Activision reports during the third quarter conference call it Black Ops 4 led Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2015) – at all times top-earning Call on duty game. The company also boasts that sales of the whole Call on duty franchise surpassed sales of box office at Marvel Cinematic Universe and were twice as much as the cumulative sale of cash registers Star Wars. This is not surprising given that it is new Call on duty the game usually reaches $ 500 million in sales in its first week of launch, and Call on duty gets a new update every autumn. It's more than most movies are producing around the world during your entire theater.
It's also worth mentioning that Activision has only one game on the list, even though it is one of the largest toy companies in the world with more than $ 7 billion annual revenue. This does not adversely affect the company, as Activision is not in the habit of issuing new games each year, except for a new annual version of Call on duty. Instead, it shows that the company's focus on various franchises that generate revenue primarily from spending on the game continues to function well.
Electronic Arts is likely to finish at least two best-selling games for the year at Battlefield V and Madden NFL 19. French Ubisoft and Sony each scored two on the list. However, they can only end up with one for the year after the sale of The battlefield and Consequence 76 included inside Capcom (the manufacturer of Resident Evil series) has success with its Hunter of the monster a franchise that is well-known in Japan and sold 52 million copies worldwide from its debut in 2004.
Take care of Take Two
From the point of view of the developer, I will keep my attention to the relatively small Take-Two, which is expected to report about $ 2.6 billion in fiscal 2019 (ending March). The company has three competitions on the list of top 10 sellers this year, which is significant considering the size of the company with respect to that of industrial leaders, Activision and EA.
Grand Theft Auto V continues to sell extremely well, although it was released five years ago. Following him Grand Theft Autois the footsteps of Red Dead Redemption 2, which has already scored one of the best reviews for any video game that was ever made, and which next year will again appear on the list of best sellers.
John Ballard owns Activision Blizzard. Motley Fool owns shares and recommends Activision Blizzard, Take-Two Interactive and Tencent Holdings. Motley Fool recommends electronic arts and Ubisoft Entertainment. Motley Fool has a discovery policy.