While some gamers still prefer having physical game discs, but many have warmed up to digital purchases over the past year, according to the latest SuperData Research numbers, based on the top grossing digital games of 2015.

The report indicates that worldwide market for digital game purchases has increased eight percent over the previous year, reaching a total of $61 billion across PCs and consoles. “Following a stellar holiday season for the games industry, total sales reached a record high in 2015. Sales of digital console games showed the biggest jump and were up 34 percent, despite being one of the smaller categories at $4 billion annually. The largest category in terms of dollar sales was mobile, earning $25.8 billion and up double digits (10 percent) from the year before. Sales figures points toward a shift in the industry as more consumers have adopted digitally distributed games and free-to-play,” said SuperData CEO Joost van Dreunen. That said, the report did note that social games and subscription-based gaming saw a minor drop of just under one percent each.

Riot Games’ eSports-friendly League of Legends had no problem becoming the world’s highest-grossing digital game, making $1.6 billion over the year. Following close behind were the mobile hit Clash of Clans ($1.3 billion), the action-packed CrossFire ($1.1 billion) and Dungeon Fighter Online ($1.05 billion). The last two games thrive based upon markets in South Korea and China, despite not getting that much attention in the West.

As for the top publishers for 2015, Activision ruled the roost with $2.9 billion last year, led by the hit Call of Duty games. Supercell took an easy second place position with $1.64 billion, while mobile giant Tencent followed with $1.62 billion.

“Activision controlled six of the 30 top spots across platforms, including the titles that came under its ownership following the acquisition of King Digital late last year. Supercell takes the number two position overall with $1.6B in earnings across its titles in the top 10. And China’s titan Tencent follows as a close third, based on its dominance in the PC market with its wildly successful League of Legends, earning $1.6B, or roughly 7x more than its closest competitor,Dota 2 (Valve), which earned $238M in 2015. Despite claiming five of the top spots on console, Electronic Arts lacks a strong position in digital PC and mobile, earning it gross revenues of $798M,” said Van Dreunen.

The PC market actually thrived over mobile game releases for the year, as “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,” Van Dreunen pointed out. Overall, various PC games led to a grand total of earnings at $32 billion, just under the $25.1 billion generated through 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.”

The top ten highest grossing games for console, PC and mobile for 2015 are:


  1. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Activision, $355
  2. FIFA 15, Electronic Arts, $332
  3. Grand Theft Auto V, Take-Two Interactive, $322
  4. Destiny, Activision, $291
  5. Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Activision, $224
  6. FIFA 16, Electronic Arts, $212
  7. Fallout 4, Bethesda Softworks, $108
  8. Star Wars Battlefront, Electronic Arts, $106
  9. Madden NFL 16, Electronic Arts, $76
  10. Madden NFL 15, Electronic Arts, $73


  1. League of Legends, Tencent/Riot Games, $1,628
  2. CrossFire, SmileGate, $1,110
  3. Dungeon Fighter Online, Neople, $1,052
  4. World of Warcraft, Activision, $814
  5. World of Tanks, Wargaming $446
  6. Lineage I, NCSOFT Corporation, $339
  7. Maplestory, Nexon, $253
  8. DOTA 2, Valve Corporation, $238
  9. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valve Corporation, $221
  10. Grand Theft Auto V, Take-Two Interactive, $205


  1. Clash of Clans, Supercell, $1,345
  2. Game of War: Fire Age, Machine Zone, $799
  3. Puzzle & Dragons, Gungho Online Ent. Inc, $729
  4. Candy Crush Saga, King Digital, $682
  5. Monster Strike, Mixi, $674
  6. Candy Crush Soda Saga, King Digital, $518
  7. Fantasy Westward Journey, NetEase, $451
  8. Colopl Rune Story, COLOPL NI Inc, $356
  9. Disney Tsum Tsum, LINE Corp, $326
  10. Boom Beach, Supercell, $297