You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

SuperData: ‘FIFA 19’ Had Best Digital Launch in Franchise History

Electronic Arts’ annual soccer video game franchise “FIFA” had its best digital launch ever in September, according to market intelligence company SuperData.

Digital console copies of “FIFA 19,” which launched on Sept. 28, reportedly grew 18% compared to “FIFA 18” last year. “FIFA’s” digital launch also broke sales records, although SuperData notes the series still lags behind other AAA franchises in terms of download rates.

Although “FIFA 19” had a good month, it only ranks third on SuperData’s top 10 console games chart for September. “Destiny 2” took the top spot thanks to its Forsaken expansion, which launched Sept. 4, and an increase in deluxe edition purchases. Over 60% of all monthly active users bought the expansion, SuperData said.

“Marvel’s Spider-Man” released Sept. 7 and was second on the top 10 console games chart. It was Sony’s biggest launch title to-date, selling over 3.3 million copies in its first three days. It reportedly sold 2.17 million digital copies on PS4 in September, not including codes bundled with console sales.

Meanwhile, “NBA 2K19” hit a new franchise peak, SuperData said, but there’s a caveat. “While ‘NBA 2K19’ digital console unit sales were up year-over-year from ‘NBA 2K18,’ growth fell short of the rate seen in the past couple of years. It should be noted that this year’s iteration of the game launched earlier in the month,” the company said.

Overall, consumers spent $1.24 billion on digital console games in September, SuperData said. That’s up from $912 million during the same month last year.

Top 10 Games by Platform


“Dungeon Fighter Online”
“League of Legends”
“Fantasy Westward Journey Online II”
“World of Warcraft”
“PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds”
“Monster Hunter World”
“Fortnite: Battle Royale”
“World of Tanks”
“Counter-Strike: Global Offensive”


Destiny 2
“Marvel’s Spider-Man”
“FIFA 19”
“Fortnite: Battle Royale”
“NBA 2K19”
“FIFA 18”
“Call of Duty: WWII”
“Shadow of the Tomb Raider”
“Grand Theft Auto V”
“PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds”


“Honour of Kings”
“QQ Speed”
“Pokemon GO”
“Knives Out”
“Fantasy Westward Journey”
“Clash Royale”
“Fate/Grand Order”
“Candy Crush Saga”
“Monster Strike”
“Clash of Clans”

Popular on Variety

More Gaming

  • Major Lazer Fortnite

    Major Lazer Remixes Fortnite Soundtrack and Releases New In-Game Skins

    Major Lazer, one of Diplo’s many creative outlets, has teamed up with Fortnite to offer fans access to a unique character skin and new remixes of the game’s Default Dance track. The Lazerism set includes the Major Lazer Outfit, Lazer Wings, Lazer Aze, the Lazer Blast emote and the EDM group’s remix of the “Default [...]

  • The Void San Francisco

    The Void Teams Up With Sony Pictures for New Location-Based VR Experience

    James Murdoch-backed virtual reality (VR) startup The Void has teamed up with Sony Pictures Virtual reality to produce a new location-based VR experience, according to Curtis Hickman, the startup’s chief creative officer. Hickman revealed the partnership in a conversation with Variety this week, during which he also outlined plans to bring more original IP to [...]

  • Insomniac Games - Spider-Man

    Sony Is Acquiring Insomniac Games, Studio Behind 'Spider-Man' for PS4

    Sony Interactive Entertainment clinched a deal to acquire longtime PlayStation games developer Insomniac Games in its entirety, the company announced Monday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed “due to contractual commitments,” according to Sony. Insomniac Games is the developer of PlayStation 4’s top-selling “Marvel’s Spider-Man” and other PS games, including the “Ratchet & [...]

  • westworld awakening art

    HBO Launches 'Westworld Awakening' VR Game With Survios

    Ever wanted to enter the world of “Westworld?” Now you can — except it won’t exactly be like you might have imagined it. Instead of being one of those guests living out their fantasies, you will be a host, slowly coming to grips with your life being an elaborate illusion. “Westworld Awakening” has been produced [...]

  • Telling Lies - Logan Marshall-Green

    Sam Barlow's 'Telling Lies' Government-Surveillance Thriller Game Sets Release Date

    After more than two years in the works, “Telling Lies” — the investigative thriller from acclaimed game creator Sam Barlow — is ready to take the stage. The game, produced with and released by Annapurna Interactive, will be available next Friday, Aug. 23, via Steam and Apple’s Mac and iOS app stores. “Telling Lies” will [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content