It was a memorable year for the video game industry. Esports captivated millions around the world, and it emerged the emergence of new multiplayer titles that had a massive impact.
Tencent Holding s (NASDAQOTH: TCEHY) Fortnite is a good example. Fortnite 's success with its "royal royal" multiplayer gaming mode has had a significant and expected impact on game design from the major gaming companies. Year to date through October, Activision Blizzard s (NASDAQ: ATVI) Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 topped the list of best-selling games of the year, no doubt helped by the franchise's first inclusion of a combat royal game mode.
Take-Two Interactive Software (NASDAQ: TTWO) has most titles in the list of three. (NYSE: SNE) (NASDAQOTH: UBSFY) and Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) and Capcom (NASDAQOTH: CCOEF) is represented by one each. The results are from the NPD Group and are based on sales year to date in October 2018.
The best-selling games through October 2018
When reading the best-selling games in the table below, keep some things in mind.
First, the NPD only follows game sales in the United States, and the data reflects both sales in stores and digital downloads. Second, the data does not include free-to-play titles such as Fortnite which have reached 125 million registered players. For this reason, this list does not reflect this year's most popular or most played titles.
This list will look slightly different when the NPD reports full-year figures at the end of December. Some major releases since October have made the list of top 10 sellers in November. Most mentioned are Electronic Arts Battlefield V Bethesda Softworks & # 39; Fallout 76 and Nintendo s (NASDAQOTH: NTDOY) Pokemon: Let's go, Pikachu and Pokemon: Let's go, Eevee . Battlefield V and Fallout 76 are expected to be among the best sellers of the year throughout December, which means that a few games against the bottom of the year-to-date list will be released by the end of the year.
For perspective, here is Norway's best-selling game:
|1||Red Dead Redemption 2||Take-Two Interactive|
|2||] Call of Duty: Black Ops 4||Activision Blizzard|
|3||Battlefield V||Electronic Arts|
|4||Fallout 76||Bethesda Softworks|
|5||Pokemon: Let we go, Pikachu||Nintendo|
|6||Pokemon: Let's go, Eevee||Nintendo|
|7||NBA 2K19||Take-Two Interactive|
|8||Madden NFL 19||Electronic Arts|
|9||Spyro Reignited Trilogy||Activision Blizzard|
|10||FIFA 19||Electronic Arts|
A few takeaways
It is clear that the video game industry is very similar to the movie industry in that successors of existing franchises dominate.
In addition to Sony's Marvel's Spider-Man – which is not entirely original – each game is a new version of an existing franchise. The two endless hits of the year have been Take Two's Red Dead Redemption 2 and Activisions Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 . Both games were released in October and appear to dominate the US sales maps throughout the holidays. Red Dead 2 sold 17 million units in the first week after its launch.
Activision reported during its third quarter conference call that Black Ops 4 led the management Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (2015) – the very best sum Call of Duty game. The company also boasts that the sale of the entire Call of Duty franchise has surpassed all sales of cashier offices of Marvel Cinematic Universe and is twice the cumulative sales office of Star Wars . This is not surprising given that a new Call of Duty game usually reaches $ 500 million in sales within the first week of launch, and Call of Duty gets a new update every fall. There are more than most movies that are generated all over the world during the entire theaters.
It is also noteworthy that Activision only has one game on the list, despite being one of the world's largest gaming companies with over $ 7 billion in annual sales. This does not negatively reflect on the company, since Activision is not accustomed to releasing new games every year than a new annual version of Call of Duty . Instead, it turns out that the company's focus on a diverse selection of franchises that generate revenue primarily from gaming expenses continues to work well.
Electronic Arts will probably end up with at least two best-selling games for the year in Battlefield V and Madden NFL 19 . France-based Ubisoft and Sony each scored two in the list. However, they may end up with only one each for the year when sales of Battlefield and Fallout 76 are included. Capcom (creator of Resident Evil series) has been successful with its Monster Hunter franchise, known in Japan, and has sold 52 million copies worldwide since its debut in 2004.  Watch out for Take-Two
From an investor perspective, I'll keep an eye on the relatively small Take-Two, which is expected to report $ 2.6 billion in fiscal 2019 revenue (ending in March). The company has three games on the top 10 sales list this year, which is remarkable in view of the company's size in relation to industry leaders, Activision and EA.
Grand Theft Auto V continues to sell exceptionally well, even though it was released five years ago. According to Grand Theft Auto is footsteps Red Dead Redemption 2 who has already achieved one of the best rating points of any video game ever made and may appear on The best sellers list again next year.