Fortnite has been dominating the gaming world and is probably the most successful free-to-play game in gaming history. The game managed to make $2.8 billion in revenue in 2018 and it doesn't seem to die out in popularity soon. The Battle Royale genre was made popular by PUBG and the game has held its own when it comes to earnings.
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2018 was a huge year for PUBG and according to Superdata figures, the game made over $1 billion in revenue last year. That made PUBG the highest grossing paid game in 2018 and the earnings don't even include money made from PUBG mobile. If we take earnings from PUBG mobile into consideration, it is probably the second highest grossing game right behind Fortnite. Here's the full list of both free-to-play and paid games ranked according to their earnings:Top Free-to-play Games
Fortnite, Epic Games - $2.4 billion
Dungeon Fighter Online, Nexon - $1.5 billion
League of Legends, Riot Games, Tencent - $1.4 billion
Pokemon GO, Niantic - $1.3 billion
Crossfire, Neowiz Games - $1.3 billion
Honour of Kings, Tencent - $1.3 billion
Fate/Grand Order, Aniplex - $1.2 billion
Candy Crush Saga, King, Activision Blizzard - $1.1 billion
Monster Strike, Mixi - $1.0 billion
Clash Royale, Supercell, Tencent - $0.9 billionTop Paid Games
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Bluehole - $1.028 billion
FIFA 18, Electronic Arts - $790 million
Grand Theft Auto V, Take-Two Interactive - $628 million
Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII, Activision Blizzard - $612 million
Red Dead Redemption 2, Take-Two Interactive - $516 million
Call of Duty: WWII, Activision Blizzard - $506 million
FIFA 19, Electronic Arts - $482 million
Monster Hunter: World, Capcom - $467 million
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft - $440 million
Overwatch, Activision Blizzard - $429 million
PUBG has been continually losing players after it peaked with 3 million concurrent players worldwide however it still ended up being the top selling and most-played game on steam. Considering how Fortnite has been destroying everything in its path, it's impressive to see the game earn this kind of figures.
The mobile version of the game has become more popular thanks to its popularity in India and other regions. The mobile version earned $32.5 million in November 2018 alone and it seems like the popularity of the game will only seem to rise. It's not only the mobile version, the game saw a sudden rise in concurrent players on Steam I.e. 1 million players in December 2018. This may have been due to Blue Hole's effort to purge hackers that initially led to the game's stagnant growth.
It would be interesting to see how PUBG will fare against Fortnite in 2019 and whether it would be able to rake in similar revenue numbers. Still, it was reassuring to see PUBG hold it's own against a juggernaut like Fortnite.