Pokémon Go joins top-grossing mobile games
With more than 6 billion in revenue since its release in 2016, Pokemon GO has just entered the very closed circle of top grossing mobile games. Despite its ups and downs, Niantic’s augmented reality game has always managed to bounce back thanks to regular updates to add content or correct certain errors. Let’s go back together on its success and on the other mobile games that bring in the most money.
The success of Pokémon GO still there
According to figures shared by SensorTower, a very reputable analysis firm, Pokémon Go players would have spent more than 6 billion dollars in 6 years, or 1 billion per year. Its success is far from weakening since in 2021, Pokémon GO was still in seventh position in the ranking of the most profitable mobile games with $1.3 billion spent on the game.
This is also an exception in the augmented reality gaming sector. Indeed, if Pokémon Go posts a figure of 200 million dollars for the first quarter of 2022, the second place of the most profitable mobile AR games is occupied by Dragon Quest: Walk with $90 million, less than half.
The rest of the top 5 is very far since Jurassic World Alive, Station Memories! and Pikmin Bloom grossed $7 million, $4 million, and $2 million, respectively.
The closed circle of the most profitable mobile games
By reaching the threshold of 6 billion dollars spent on the game, Pokémon GO joins the club of top grossing mobile games. Among the members of this circle, the leader in mobile games that have generated the most revenue is none other than Honor of Kings, which will soon enjoy a worldwide release after 7 years of operation in China. By cumulating with the figures of its international adaptation, Arena of Valoroverall revenue exceeds $14 billion.
Then, on the podium of the most profitable mobile games, we have the two puzzle RPGs monster-strike and Puzzles & Dragonswhich hit $9.9 billion and $8.5 billion respectively, as well as PUBG Mobile and Clash of Clans, which both just passed $8 billion this year.
It is in the seventh position of mobile games that have brought in the most money that we find Pokemon GO. According to Wikipedia, which indicates a higher figure, Pokémon Go even occupies sixth place ahead of the 7.4 billion Candy Crush Saga. Niantic’s game is being stalked by Fate/Grand Order and its $5.5 billion.
To end this article on top grossing mobile games, I have to talk about Genshin Impact, whose numbers are maddening. Despite the recent release of the game compared to the other titles mentioned above, Genshin Impact has just exceeded 3 billion dollars, which represents an average of 1 billion dollars every 6 months. At this rate, the game may soon upset this ranking.