Fortnite Brought In Big Bucks For Gaming In 2019

Video games are big business, and for those that were sleeping on the gaming industry, 2019 was a wakeup call.

According to a recent report from SuperData, the gaming industry earned $120.1 billion last year, which was a new record and was up 4% from 2018. Fortnite was the leader for the industry for the second straight year as it generated $1.8 billion in 2019.

The highest “free-to-play” games in terms of revenue for 2019 were: Fortnite ($1.8 billion), Dungeon Fighter Online ($1.6 billion), Honour of Kings ($1.6 billion), League of Legends ($1.5 billion), and Candy Crush Saga ($1.5 billion). The top premium PC and console games were: FIFA 19 ($786 million), Call of Duty: Modern Warfare ($645 million), Grand Theft Auto V ($595 million), FIFA 20 ($504 million), and Call of Duty: Black Ops III ($487 million).

If projections turn out as planned for 2020, the industry could haul in close to $125 billion.

Video Games have come a long way since Super Mario Brothers.

Carron J. Phillips, Senior Columnist with The Shadow League, hails from Saginaw, Michigan. In 2016, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. Phillips graduated with honors from Morehouse College in 2006 and received his Masters in 2011 from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.