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Review of Mobile Gaming in Numbers, 2020

January 1, 2021

Though 2020 was a tough year, Mobile Gaming continued to grow at an exponential growth. This year it saw its revenue crossing the $86 Billion USD mark ahead of PC and Console Gaming. With the commencement of the new year, let's take a look at the top 5 categories across mobile gaming. (Report by SensorTower, a data analytics firm.)


Top 5 Games by Worldwide Downloads:

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Garena Free Fire topped the chart for most downloads with $266.6 Million downloads in 2020. The game also received the prestigious 'Mobile Game of the Year' Award presented by Esports Awards.

Among Us, an indie game that became popular around mid-year when few twitch streamers started streaming games for fun is in second place with more than 256 million downloads.

Subway Surfer a fun endless running game is at 3rd place with $235.4 Million downloads. The game is still on the top list even after 8 years of its launch shows its popularity.

Pubg Mobile, despite the ban in India; its biggest market by downloads, is sitting at 4th place with $232.5 Million downloads.


Top 5 Games by Worldwide Revenue:

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Although, Pubg Mobile is at 2nd place in overall downloads it takes the top place in revenues. The game Royale Pass is hugely popular among fans. It gathered 2.6 billion USD in revenues in 2020 most of which came from China.

Honor of Kings, a MOBA game developed by Tencent is hugely popular in China and grossed 2.4 billion USD in 2020. The game is popular as 'Arena of Valor' outside China.

Pokemon Go, an AR game based on the popular cartoon Pokemon is sitting at 3rd place in worldwide revenues with 1.2 billion in revenues. The game was launched in 2016 and runs on Unity Engine.


Top 5 countries by Downloads:

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With the 4G revolution in 2016, India saw exponential growth in mobile data usage. More than 9.3 billion games were downloaded from the Google Play Store and Apple's App Store in 2020 which is 82% more than the second-placed United States of America with 5.1 million total downloads. Brazil is sitting in 3rd place with 4.4 billion downloads followed by Russia with 2.8 Billion downloads.


Top 5 countries by Revenues:

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The United States of America leads the chart in player spending with more than $21 Billion USD in revenues followed by Japan and China with 16.4 and 13.5 Billion USD in player spending.


Top 5 Game Publishers by Downloads:

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Voodoo the French publisher of popular games like Scribble rider, Shortcut Run, Stack Colors, etc is sitting at the top with more than 1.7 Billion downloads in 2020. Outfit 7, the developer of the popular game Talking Tom also makes it to the list with around 850 million downloads.


Top 5 Game Publishers by Revenues:

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Tencent, the Chinese video game giant had a fantastic year as it grossed more than $7 billion USD in revenue. Pubg Mobile and Honor of Kings contributed more than 70% of the revenues.

NetEase another famous Chinese giant famous for games like Rules of Survival, Knives out, etc saw a breakout year with more than $3 Billion in revenues.

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