‘Fortnite’ and other free games raked in more than $87 billion last year, and the rest of the gaming industry is starting to take note

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  • Free-to-play video games generated $87.7 billion in revenue during 2018, according to a new report from research firm SuperData.
  • Asian players account for 62% of spending on free games, and seven of the top 10 grossing free-to-play games belong to Asian publishers.
  • “Fortnite” was the top grossing game of 2018, free or otherwise, with an estimated $2.4 billion in revenue.
  • Revenue generated by mobile games ($61.3 billion) exceeded the combined earnings of games on traditional video game consoles ($12.7 billion) and PC ($35.7 billion).

Led by “Fortnite: Battle Royale,” the free-to-play video game market surged to $87.7 billion in revenue during 2018 — more than triple the earnings of blockbuster games released by major publishers last year. In fact, free-to-play titles accounted for nearly 80% of all spending on digital games in 2018.

That’s according to new research out Wednesday from Nielsen’s SuperData tracking arm, which measures data from the gaming, AR, and VR markets. 

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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