The world of mobile gaming may seem like another planet to console and PC veterans, but it's currently the fastest growing gaming platform. Now the curtain has been raised on the top-grossing mobile games of 2023, revealing a mix of old favorites and unexpected newcomers.
Mobilegamer.biz, armed with data from Appmagic, presented the 10 games that won the most money last year. One thing's for sure: they all have one thing in common - they're free to play. Gone are the days of buying in advance; mobile gaming is all about the freemium model.
So who ruled the mobile shelter in 2023? Here are the top 10: Honor of Kings: This Chinese MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) dominated the charts, bringing in an astonishing $1.48 billion. Who knew killing gods and mythical creatures could be so lucrative? PUBG Mobile: The mobile version of the battle royale phenomenon continues to perform big, pulling in $1.14 billion.
Chicken dinners are apparently a treat these days. Candy Crush Saga: The king of casual gaming continues to be a major player, raking in $956.9 million from its colorful match-three universe. Candy Crush Saga's reign shows no signs of crumbling.
Genshin Impact: This anime-inspired action RPG surprised some by making the list with $943.8 million. Roblox: Yes, the block maker powerhouse has arrived on the mobile scene, earning $868.6 million. Who knew virtual Legos could be such money? Royal Match: This triple title match, with its royal twist, surprised many by winning $835.2 million.
Everyone seems to love a bit of a royal puzzle. Coin Master: This rotating slot machine, known for its aggressive in-app purchases, still managed to collect $728.7 million, proving that controversy can make money. Honkai: Star Rail: Another title from the Genshin Impact universe, this turn-based RPG grossed $659.1 million.
Monopoly Go: The mobile incarnation of the classic board game surprisingly earned $645 million. Gardenscapes: No list of the best mobile games would be complete without a Playrix title. This garden makeover simulator grossed $605.7 million over three games, showing that virtual greenery still sells.
Now, a few things to keep in mind: games like Genshin Impact, Honkai: Star Rail, and Roblox only counted their mobile revenue. Their combined console and PC earnings are far, far greater. Additionally, this list highlights some interesting differences – some games are relatively new, while others are seasoned veterans.
Some rely heavily on microtransactions, while others offer a premium experience. While mobile gaming may be different from console or PC gaming, it is certainly profitable. And we hope, as the industry develops, positive practice and fair monetization models will be the basis of development.