PUBG Mobile and Local Favorites Lead App Rankings in the Middle East
The Middle Eastern app rankings for downloads and revenue in September have been unveiled, and while PUBG Mobile maintains its dominance, several local favorites have made significant strides.
On the Apple App Store, PUBG Mobile has held its ground as the most downloaded game, accumulating an impressive 1.07 million downloads in September. This long-standing game, originally released in 2018, climbed from the fifth position to secure the top spot. "My Perfect Hotel," the previous month's top downloaded game, slipped to third place, while "Subway Surfers" claimed the second spot.
In contrast, the Google Play Store saw a surprising twist with "Build a Queen" by Supersonic Studios LTD taking the number one spot in downloads. This game combines free-running gameplay, character customization, and dress-up elements, and it gained 1.1 million downloads in the region in September, a remarkable ascent from its previous ranking at 146.
While the iOS chart did not feature any new entries in its top 20, Google Play introduced a new game at number five, "Nextbots In Backrooms." This game is based on the popular claustrophobic horror theme of "backrooms" or maze escapes, where players must run to evade enemies. What sets "Nextbots" apart is that it allows players to fight back using memes and emoticons, adding a unique twist to the genre.
In terms of revenue, the Middle East showcases its distinctive preferences, with "Yalla Ludo - Ludo&Domino" topping the iOS chart, surpassing global juggernaut "PUBG Mobile." This chat/social ludo game generated estimated revenue exceeding $3.38 million in September.
On Google Play, "PUBG Mobile" secures the top spot in revenue, maintaining the same top three rankings as the previous month. "Yalla Ludo - Ludo&Domino" claims the third spot, and the enduring favorite "Roblox" occupies the second place. "PUBG Mobile" continues to demonstrate its global earning power, amassing over $7.49 million in September.
These rankings underscore the unique gaming preferences and trends in the Middle East, with a blend of global hits and locally cherished titles shaping the region's app landscape.
Source: by Daniel Griffiths, Editor - PocketGamer.biz