Data analyst Sensor Tower has sent out a report that says mobile game spending grew to $22.2 globally in the first quarter of 2021. This is a 25% growth from the first quarter of last year.
From the $22.2 billion, Apple’s App Store contributed to $13 billion in spending which is 21% growth from the year-ago quarter, while Google’s Play Store contributed $9.2 billion which is 31% more than the first quarter of 2020.
PUBG Mobile remains the highest-grossing mobile game
Tencent's popular mobile battle royale title PUBG Mobile was the highest-grossing mobile game of Q1 2021. Last month, Tencent announced that PUBG Mobile surpassed 1 billion downloads outside China since it was released in 2018. The game also registered over $5 billion in lifetime earnings. The top 5 highest-grossing mobiles games of Q1 2021 are- PUBG Mobile, Honor of Kings, Genshin Impact, Pokemon Go, and Roblox.
Mobile gaming in India
Mobile gaming has witnessed significant growth in India. This growth was fuelled by lockdowns which were enforced due to the COVID-19 pandemic and people turned to mobile games as a source of entertainment. According to a report by Limelight Networks, Indian gamers were spending an average of 8 hours gaming per week.
Mobile phones remain a popular platform for gaming as they are more affordable than PCs and consoles and the majority of mobile games are free-to-play. In another report by InMobi, it was stated that 45% of Indian mobile users started gaming on their phones during the COVID-19 pandemic.