No Man’s Sky and Pokemon GO helped generate billions in digital purchases

By Marshall Lemon
1 October 2016 17:45 GMT

Spending on digital console products alone has grown by 16% within a year.


No Man’s Sky and Pokemon GO helped generate billions for digital games

History will not be kind to No Man’s Sky, but one thing is clear – it made all kinds of money. Intelligence firm SuperData Research has compiled data on August’s digital game transactions and found a staggering grand total of £4.7 billion across purchases and microtransactions.

Where does No Man’s Sky fit into this? As reported by VentureBeat, the space exploration game came in second place for digital transactions on consoles, defeated only by Call of Duty: Black Ops III. It also came in sixth for digital PC purchases, which means No Man’s Sky earned about £60 million in its first month.

Of course No Man’s Sky wasn’t the only surprise contributor here. Pokemon GO continues to rake in money through digital transactions, pushing the entire mobile market up to £2.34 billion. And even if No Man’s Sky and Pokemon GO fade into memory, those figures will only increase as digital purchases become the industry standard.

In case you’re curious, here are the games with highest-grossing digital transactions across PC, consoles, and mobile devices.


  1. League of Legends
  2. World of Warcraft
  3. CrossFire
  4. Dungeon Fighter Online
  5. Overwatch
  6. No Man’s Sky
  7. World of Tanks
  8. DOTA 2
  9. Fantasy Westward Journey Online II
  10. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive


  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  2. No Man’s Sky
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. FIFA 16
  5. Madden NFL17
  6. Tom Clancy’s The Division
  7. Overwatch
  8. Star Wars: Battlefront
  9. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  10. Fallout 4


  1. Pokémon Go
  2. Monster Strike
  3. Mobile Strike
  4. Clash of Clans
  5. Game of War: Fire Age
  6. Fantasy Westward Journey
  7. Puzzle & Dragons
  8. Clash Royale
  9. Candy Crush Saga
  10. Clash of Kings

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