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Digital spending on videogames grew 17% in December, reaching a total of $10 billion


Worldwide digital spending on videogames grew by 17% in December 2017. A press release from industry analysts Superdata says gamers spent $10 billion digitally over the holiday period.

If you think $10 billion is a lot, total games revenue is set to hit $230 billion by 22.

That figure is 19% higher than the same period in 2016. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (and various mobile clones), Call of Duty: WWII, Grand Theft Auto V, and Fortnite Battle Royale – which earned $89 million during December – were all mentioned as having found significant success during the past year.

The report also estimates that Monster Hunter: World will sell between 300,000-600,000 copies. The delayed PC release, however, could “hurt lifetime sales,” as “PC-only gamers will have a far larger selection of new titles to choose from later in the year than they do now.”

Finally, the report comments on Dragon Ball FighterZ. According to Google search trends, “interest in Dragon Ball FighterZ is much lower than it was for Dragon Ball Xenoverse,” meaning “it would be a surprise success if it sold 300K-400K digital units in the first month.”