Top earners from Game
hese are the top ten free-to-play games by revenue for 2018, according to SuperData:
- 1. Fortnite, Epic Games – $2.4 billion
- 2. Dungeon Fighter Online, Nexon – $1.5 billion
- 3. League of Legends, Riot Games, Tencent – $1.4 billion
- 4. Pokemon GO, Niantic – $1.3 billion
- 5. Crossfire, Neowiz Games – $1.3 billion
- 6. Honour of Kings, Tencent – $1.3 billion
- 7. Fate/Grand Order, Aniplex – $1.2 billion
- 8. Candy Crush Saga, King, Activision Blizzard – $1.1 billion
- 9. Monster Strike, Mixi – $1.0 billion
- 10. Clash Royale, Supercell, Tencent – $0.9 billion
Fortnite, Epic Games – $2.4 billion
Fortnite is an online video game developed by Epic Games and released in 2017. It is available in three distinct game mode versions that otherwise share the same general gameplay and game engine: Fortnite: Save the World, a cooperative shooter-survival game for up to four players to fight off zombie-like creatures and defend objects with fortifications they can build, Fortnite Battle Royale, a free-to-play battle royale game where up to 100 players fight to be the last person standing, and Fortnite Creative, where players are given complete freedom to create worlds and battle arenas. The first two game modes were released in 2017 as early access titles and Creative was released on December 6, 2018. While the first two games have been successful for Epic Games, Fortnite Battle Royale became a resounding success, drawing in more than 125 million players in less than a year and earning hundreds of millions of dollars per month, and since has become a cultural phenomenon.
Dungeon Fighter Online, Nexon
Dungeon Fighter Online, also known as DFO, is a multiplayer PC beat ’em up video game developed and published by Neople, a South Korean subsidiary of Nexon, and originally published by Hangame. The game was originally released in Korea as Dungeon & Fighter and in Japan as Arad Senki. Closed Beta for an English version of the game ran from July 28, 2009 to August 3, 2009. Early access has begun on September 15, 2009. Open beta started September 22, 2009. It was featured in WCG 2009, and is still a popular televised program in South Korea, where a league is active. Dungeon Fighter had a 300 million registered users celebration on May 25, 2011. It was announced on April 2, 2013, that the North American version of Dungeon Fighter Online would be shutting down on June 13, 2013.reaching a total of 600 million players worldwide,and grossing $11.8 billion in lifetime revenue as of 2018.
League of Legends, Riot Games, Tencent
Riot Games, Inc. is an American video game developer and esports tournament organizer based in West Los Angeles, California. The company was founded in August 2006 by University of Southern California roommates Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill, as they sought to create a company that continuously improves on an already released game, instead of commencing development on a new one. Riot Games was majority-acquired by Tencent in February 2011 and fully acquired in December 2015. As of May 2018, Riot Games operates 24 offices around the world, in which it employs 2,500 staff members.
Riot Games is best known for League of Legends, a multiplayer online battle arena game and the company’s flagship product. The game was first released in October 2009, and subsequently became the game with highest active player count by 2013. Since 2011, 2013 and 2015, respectively, Riot Games also operates the League of Legends World Championship, Championship Series and Mid-Season Invitational esports tournaments for their game.
Pokemon GO, Niantic
Pokémon Go is an augmented reality (AR) mobile game developed and published by Niantic for iOS and Android devices. A part of the Pokémon franchise, it was first released in certain countries in July 2016, and in other regions over the next few months. The game is the result of a collaboration between Niantic and Nintendo by way of The Pokémon Company. It uses the mobile device GPS to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, which appear as if they are in the player’s real-world location. The game is free to play; it uses a freemium business model and supports in-app purchases for additional in-game items. The game launched with around 150 species of Pokémon, which had increased to over 460 by 2019.The game has crossed 1 billion downloads worldwide as of February 2019,and has 147 million monthly active users as of May 2018.
Crossfire, Neowiz Games
CrossFire is an online tactical first-person shooter for Microsoft Windows developed by Smilegate Entertainment. The game was released in China by Tencent Games, with the company also acting as the exclusive agent service company. The tests for its software bugs were started publicly on April 2008.
Due to its popularity in Asia, especially China and South Korea, it became the most played game in the world by player count of all time,with 660 million players worldwide. It was the world’s top-grossing online game as of 2014, and went on to become one of the highest-grossing video games of all time, having grossed grossed $10.8 billion in lifetime revenue, as of 2018.