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Gamers Still Hooked on Old Live-Service Games Like Fortnite, Data Shows

Key Points : 

  • New market data reveals 60% of playtime across consoles and PC was spent on live-service games over 6 years old.
  • Games like Fortnite, Minecraft, Counter-Strike topped the charts across platforms.
  • Established franchises like Call of Duty, GTA V, Rocket League also took prominent spots.
  • Only 8% of playtime was spent on new, non-annual game releases in 2023.

Despite an ever-growing pool of new game releases, gamers around the world are still heavily invested in long-running live-service titles, according to new market data that highlights the enduring popularity of games like Fortnite, Minecraft, and Counter-Strike.

Live-Service Games Over 6 Years Old Dominate Playtime

Recent data shows, Live-Service Games Such as Fortnite still reign supreme
Fortnite Myths & Mortals _ Launch Trailer Via Fortnite

As reported by market researcher Newzoo (via Kotaku), a staggering 60% of playtime across consoles and PC was dedicated to live-service games that are over six years old. These games, which often receive regular updates and new content, have managed to maintain a loyal player base years after their initial release.

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Fortnite and Established Franchises Reign Supreme

Fortnite Midas Via Playstation
Fortnite Midas Via Playstation

According to the data, Fortnite topped the charts on every platform, with games like Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto V, Minecraft, Counter-Strike 2, Rocket League, and Apex Legends also taking prominent spots in terms of playtime.

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Platform Idiosyncrasies

The Sims 4 via GameSpot Trailers
The Sims 4 via GameSpot Trailers

While the lists were mostly uniform across platforms, some games like Roblox and The Sims 4 stood out on the PC chart, while Starfield cracked the top 10 on Xbox, and Tears of the Kingdom was the second most played game on the Nintendo Switch.

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Little Time for New Non-Annual Releases

NBA 2K24 _ Official Gameplay Trailer via NBA 2K
NBA 2K24 _ Official Gameplay Trailer via NBA 2K

The report also revealed that only 8% of the total playtime was spent on new, non-annual game releases in 2023. While 23% of playtime was dedicated to new releases overall, most of that time was spent on annual franchises like Madden or NBA2K.

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