When you’re on top, there’s nowhere to go but down, right? Well, maybe not if you’re Epic Games and Fortnite: Battle Royale, which enjoyed its “highest grossing month to date,” according to the December 2018 digital games market report from SuperData.

In December, Fortnite “drove a 209% increase in the free-to-play segment” on consoles. Meanwhile, despite a lot of discontent from the community, and lots and lots of bans, the switch to free-to-play for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has paid off for Valve, which SuperData estimates as having pulled in $49 million in November and December and also setting a record for most monthly active users.

Overall, however, worldwide digital spending dropped a whopping 2%, down to a piddly $9 billion. SuperData blames this on a softer premium PC market, thanks to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds declining and the CS:GO switch. In addition to Fortnite, the top 10 PC list for December includes free-to-play games League of Legends (#1), World of Tanks (#9), and Hearthstone (#10). You can check out the report on the SuperData website.

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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