According to data released by Sensor Tower, PUBG Mobile is the highest-grossing mobile game of 2020 across Google Play Store and Apple App Store. The mobile battle royale has generated close to $2.6 billion (Rs.19,177+ Crore) since the start of 2020. A record five mobile games including PUBG Mobile and Honor of Kings from Tencent have generated more than $1 billion in 2020 so far, Sensor Tower Store Intelligence data shows. The global mobile games market made a total of $75.4 billion this year, which is up 19.5% from 2019. One of the main reasons for the rise in revenue is worldwide lockdowns, forcing people to look for entertainment options at home.
Compared to 2019, the PUBG Mobile’s revenue went up 64.3% despite the game being banned in India, which had one of the largest player bases for the game. While there is no official date on its release in India yet, officials are working with the government to bring the game back to India. PUBG Mobile, combined with the Chinese localization of the title, Game For Peace, is the No. 1 revenue-generator globally across the App Store and Google Play in 2020 followed by Honor of Kings which made $2.5 billion (increase of 42.8% from last year).
Niantic’s Pokémon GO came in third, having generated $1.2 billion this year, which is up 31.5% from 2019. The title has benefitted from a string of updates like remote raiding passes and other tweaks to the gaming mechanics which have helped players continue to engage meaningfully amidst the global lockdowns.
Coin Master from Moon Active and Roblox from Roblox Corporation ranked fourth and fifth respectively. The two mobile games accumulated $1.1 billion each in 2020. In addition, Sensor Tower estimates that Monster Strike will join this year’s billion-dollar club. The game has accumulated $958 million so far in 2020.