LoL, World of Tanks crush WoW's micro-transaction revenue


With 2013 firmly over at this point, data has begun to roll in from the collected studies that took place throughout the year, even with regards to gaming, and one of the more interesting ones is how well Chinese publisher Tencent is doing, owning two of the highest earning games of the year: League of Legends and Chinese free to play shooter Crossfire.

Combined those two games earned over $1.5 billion for Tencent ($625 and $957 million respectively) though World of Tanks from Wargaming wasn't far behind, pulling in an impressive $372 million.

What is an impressive stat however, is how much these games dominate the once king of gaming revenue, World of Warcraft, which has made a substantial move to improve its revenue streams outside of the ageing subscriber model. However, despite this push and one of the largest player bases on the list, it pulled in only $213 million from its micro-transactions.

You could say that this was a fine achievement considering the game is almost nine years old, but Lineage I is higher up on the list, earning $257 million for its publishers, despite having been released way back in 1998.

Other big earners in the free to play scene included both Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike Online, which combined pulled in just over over $250 million.

[Thanks to SuperData for the research data]

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dumb article

Why is WoW even being included in a micro-transaction comparison? WoW is NOT free-to-play. WoW's cash flow is dependant on subscriptions. Tack on the 1.3ish BILLION dollars they make per year in subs and this graph looks very different.


World of tanks was fun, and you didn't have to pay anything to win... you didn't even have to pay to get the extra stuff they seemed generous with the free gold... Till you hit Tier 10, then the fun just stopped.

I'll never understand these

I'll never understand these pay-to-win scam. Just buy the full game at a discount price and enjoy the whole of it. I didn't even knew people were paying online transaction on CS. Does it work for Global Offensive as well? If this is the case I'm not touching that.

I never even heard of

I never even heard of crossfire... i just checked their website and its like original counterstrike with svencoop? if people are paying that level of money to play that garbage.. it just scares me. LoL I could understand being on the top with world of tanks under... but crossfire? DA FUCK?

's World of Tanks is not

's World of Tanks is not worth paying for. Players are getting banned every day, and many of them for doing nothing wrong. I was banned just after paying for a year of premium, and I didn't get my money back. Didn't even get to play a single day. WG are communist pigs, thief and scum! Don't let them have your money!

I'v been playing world of

I'v been playing world of tanks for about 2 years now. Only way you get banned from them is for doing stupid shit like team killing, using illegal mods, and being a huge faggot on the forums or in-game chat. It's not like they give it out to everyone. Worst I ever had was a 24 hour chat ban for trolling a admin in general chat. For you to get banned you were a huge faggot to begin with and good you are gone, cause we don't need ass faces like you.


didn't you see the original live action batman very ...very on another note describing intolerant belligerent pricks as fagots "gay" is actually contradictory to many gay stereotypes and depicts your cognitive ability to rationalizes the real world lol jk

Intolerant you better believe

Intolerant you better believe it. I hate gay's and faggots. That doesn't make me any less a human. All you liberal morons need to get a wake up call to rationalize yourselves in the real world. My intolerance boils when everyone thinks it's natural for what these people want to share with everyone. Last thing I want is some asshole telling me he's gay, and he has to share it with 1000's of people. Isn't that being a huge attention whore? Can't get attention lets just say we're gay, and get some, cause we need special attention, and special treatment, because we're different... fuck all of those people.


... i wasn't calling you intolerant...(not saying that you aren't lol)... i was criticizing your use of the word faggot and reminding you of how it reflects back on to you... i mean come on you have Micheal j on your side... think about it

I honestly don't care how it

I honestly don't care how it reflects back onto me when I don't care about other peoples opinions about me in the first place. Mj is a whole other story since he's always rambling about something strange to begin with. So if he's on my side that's fine. Doesn't mean we see eye to eye with everything.

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