Google Play or App Store? June data shows stark contrast in platform popularity of paid games
PocketGamer.biz, in collaboration with Data.ai, a mobile data analytics platform, has compiled a comprehensive look at the state of the mobile gaming industry in June 2023. The data highlights interesting discrepancies between Apple's App Store and Google Play Store, particularly in terms of revenue generation and download volumes.
Among paid games, Minecraft emerged as the top downloaded game on both platforms. However, variations became apparent as Bloons TD 6 secured the second spot on Google Play but ranked fifth on the App Store. Geometry Dash claimed the second position for paid downloads on the App Store but didn't make it to Google Play's top 10.
The difference in download preferences between iOS and Android users was evident, with only Minecraft, Five Nights at Freddy's, and Monopoly - Classic Board Game appearing on both platforms' top 10 lists.
Regarding revenue, the top 10 games were more consistent across platforms, but the rankings varied. Honor of Kings dominated revenue on the App Store but didn't even rank on Google Play. In contrast, Moon Active's Coin Master led revenue on Google Play and secured the ninth spot on the App Store.
Candy Crush Saga came in second on both stores, maintaining its enduring success. Roblox and Royal Match held the fourth and fifth positions for June revenues on both platforms. Gardenscapes and the recently released Honkai: Star Rail also featured in both lists, with the latter achieving record-breaking success with 20 million downloads on its release day.
Finally, Pokémon Go rounded off the top 10 on both stores, showcasing its lasting popularity as it approached its seventh anniversary. The game's availability in over 150 countries solidified its position as the primary Pokémon game for players worldwide.
Source: Aaron Astle, Staff Writer at PocketGamer