A memorable year it was, an unexpected viral outbreak that led to social distancing and work/school from home policies marked a mass move away from our day to day routines – and quite understandably, many industries and people were left shaken. However, there was one industry that quietly benefited from the minimized rate of direct contact between persons, this silent beneficiary was the gaming industry.
The gaming industry saw a revival of sorts during the high of the covid-19 lockdowns, as people generally had a little more free time on their hands. With mobile gaming being the easiest and most affordable option for new entrants, it makes logical sense that the Mobile gaming segment would have seen some of the most memorable revenue gains.
Let’s take a look at five of the biggest gainers of 2020.
According to Sensor Tower, a leading source of mobile gaming related data, the fifth position on the list of 2020’s biggest earners in the mobile gaming space goes to Roblox. The game was developed by the Roblox Corporation and managed to pull in nearly $1.1 billion over the course of 2020.
Fourth position goes to Coin Master, a wildly successful offering from Moon Active. According to the given data, Coin master was able to generate $1.1 billion during 2020.
Third place goes to Niantic’s long established Pokemon Go, which managed to bring in $1.2 billion. For Pokemon Go, 2020 may well have been it’s best year as it realised a revenue increase of approximately 31%.
Honour of Kings
The runner-up position goes to a game from Chinese mobile gaming n powerhouse – Tencent Mobile – Honour of Kings, which grossed an estimated $2.5 billion during 2020. This marks an increase of approximately 42% when compared to data from the previous year.
The highest grossing mobile game of 2020 also happens to an offering from Tencent, this time it’s PUBG Mobile. The wildly popular battle-royale style game managed to generate a staggering $2.6 billion over the course of 2020, effectively increasing revenue by 64% during 2020.
The roller coaster ride that 2020 brought had some surprising outcomes for many, the most pleasant of which seem to have all gone towards Tencent – which can boast ownership of the two biggest earners of 2020.
With a good number of nations, their workforce, and their students having gotten themselves a little better acquainted with the idea of working from home, it’s quite possible that the gaming scene may still say some more growth in the coming years – albeit at a less explosive pace. With that wrapped up, 2021 might be another great year for mobile gaming, and the gaming industry as a whole.