The Highest-Earning Video Games Of 2020 Revealed

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2020 was a tremendous year for gaming, as the dollar figures only confirm. With the industry as a whole earning a jaw-dropping US$139.9 billion across the board and weighted aggregate growth of approximately 12%, the one-two combination of heavyweight releases finally hitting the market and COVID-19 induced lockdown meant some of the year’s highest-earning video games racked up some impressive numbers.

Breaking down that hefty US$139.9 billion total…

  • US$73.8 billion came from mobile gaming
  • US$33.1 billion came from PC gaming
  • US$19.7 billion came from console gaming
  • US$9.3 billion came from gaming video content (GVC)
  • and US$6.7 billion came from the growing sector of virtual reality gaming (VR)

Interestingly enough, given the wider active user base, free-to-play titles have once again lapped its premium titles by a noticeable margin. For reference, the highest-earning premium game was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare at US$1.91 billion; while the fifth-highest free-to-play game, Pokemon Go, came in at US$1.92 billion. Additionally, only the top two premium entrants crossed the capital B threshold, whereas every name on the free-to-play list crossed it quite comfortably (with around half a billion of breathing to spare at the very least).

Check it out for yourself below.

The highest-earning video games in 2020 (premium titles)

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  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – US$1.91 billion
    [Activision Blizzard]
    Genre: Shooter

  2. FIFA 2020 – US$1.08 billion
    [Electronic Arts]
    Genre: Sports

  3. Grand Theft Auto V – US$911 million
    [Take Two Interactive Software]
    Genre: Action/Adventure

  4. NBA 2K21 – US$889 million
    [Take Two Interactive]
    Genre: Sports

  5. NBA 2K20 – US$771 million
    [Take Two Interactive]
    Genre: Sports

  6. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War – US$678 million
    [Activision Blizzard]
    Genre: Shooter

  7. Animal Crossing; New Horizons – US$654 million
    [Nintendo]
    Genre: Simulation

  8. Cyberpunk 2077 – US$609 million
    [CD Projekt]
    Genre: RPG

  9. Sims 4 – US$462 million
    [Electronic Arts]
    Genre: Simulation

  10. DOOM Eternal – US$454 million
    [Bethesda]
    Genre: Shooter

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The highest-earning video games in 2020 (free-to-play titles)

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  1. Honour of Kings – US$2.45 billion
    [Tencent]
    Genre: MOBA

  2. Peacekeeper Elite – US$2.32 billion
    [Tencent]
    Genre: Shooter

  3. Roblox – US$2.29 billion
    [Roblox Corporation]
    Genre: Simulation

  4. Free Fire – US$2.13 billion
    [Garena]
    Genre: Shooter

  5. Pokemon GO – US$1.92 billion
    [Niantic]
    Genre: Action/Adventure

  6. League of Legends – US$1.7 billion
    [Tencent]
    Genre: MOBA

  7. Candy Crush Saga – US$1.66 billion
    [King, Activision Blizzard]
    Genre: Puzzle

  8. AFK Arema – US$1.45 billion
    [Lilith Games]
    Genre: Strategy

  9. Gardenscapes – New Acres – US$1.43 billion
    [Playtrix Games]
    Genre: Puzzle

  10. Dungeon Fighter Online – US$1.41 billion
    [Nexon]
    Genre: RPG

Source: SuperData Research – A Nielsen Company