PUBG Leads Record-Breaking Year for the Mobile Gaming Industry!

Even though the coronavirus pandemic impacted several industries across the globe, the one it couldn’t damage is the gaming sector. As per Sensor Tower Store Intelligence’s data (between January 1 and December 14, 2020), five games generated a revenue of over $1 billion this year alone.

PUBG Mobile, coupled with the Chinese relabeling, Game For Peace, emerged as the highest revenue-generating video game throughout the world this year, across both Google Play and the App Store. It garnered a jaw-dropping sum of $2.6 billion over the last 12 months, indicating a 64% year-over-year increase.

Honor of Kings claimed the next spot by bringing in around $2.5 billion, indicating a 42.8% year-over-year increase. Following that is Pokémon GO, racking up $1.2 billion this year (31.5% year-over-year increase). Owing to this impressive figure, 2020 proved to be the most profitable year for the game in question. Moreover, it was subjected to numerous updates so that it could be rendered playable during the pandemic.

Coin Master snatched the fourth spot by generating close to $1.1 billion, a massive year-over-year increase. In fact, the game enjoyed its most successful month this past November, where it brought in approximately $118 million.

And how can we prepare a top-five list and not mention Roblox? Roblox emerged as the fifth highest revenue-generating game this year by collecting $1.1 billion, more than double the amount it collected in 2019. In fact, Roblox’s remarkable performance has resulted in the Roblox Corporation opting for an IPO in 2021.

Even though it hasn’t managed to cross the $1 billion mark in revenue this year (yet), it’s worth mentioning that Monster Strike did really well in 2020, racking up an impressive revenue amounting to $958 billion. Moreover, it has had a steady presence in the top-five revenue-generating games’ list for the last six years.

It should also be mentioned here that in 2020, five video games have crossed the $1 billion mark. Only three games were able to do that in 2019 as well as in 2018. Before that, up to two games were able to achieve this milestone per year.

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the mobile game sector witnessed a stellar boom. By generating around $75.4 billion this year and witnessing a 19.5% increase from last year, it’s safe to say that mobile games did a good job of entertaining the people while they were in quarantine.

Will the mobile game sector bring in even more revenue in 2021? That seems unlikely but what’s highly likely is that many other games can gross over a billion dollars, 12 months from now.


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