Garena Free Fire generated around $ 100 million in revenue in the last quarter, an increase of almost 4.5 times over the same period a year earlier. That was enough to put it above PUBG Mobile for the only second time in a quarter, with Tencent’s title racking up $ 68 million in player spending, up more than 9% year-on-year. other. Call of Duty: Mobile of Activision completed the top three Battle Royale titles in 1Q21, racking up $ 62 million, an increase of about 80% year-on-year. Although the latter, developed by studio Tencent Timi, is not strictly a Battle Royale title, it does include such a game mode.
Including Call of Duty: Mobile, the U.S. Battle Royale market grew 42% year-on-year to $ 239 million in revenue in 1Q21. This is despite the removal of Fortnite of Epic games from the App Store and Google Play in August 2020. In Q1 2020, Fortnite had made $ 43.6 million, but after its deletion, titles like Call of Duty: Mobile and Garena Free Fire appear to be the main beneficiaries. vacuum in the market. established. Overall, the subgenre accounted for nearly 81% of genre Shooter spend in the United States last quarter, according to Sensor Tower. Game intelligence product.
Globally, PUBG Mobile, combined with the title’s Chinese location, Game For Peace, is clearly the leader in the Battle Royale space. In 1Q21, it picked up $ 744.4 million, a 3.2% year-over-year increase. Garena Free Free ranked # 2 with $ 254.6 million, up 80.8%, while Call of Duty: Mobile ranked # 3 with around $ 182 million, an increase by 127% over one year.
In total, and including Call of Duty: Mobile, the Battle Royale market racked up $ 1.3 billion in 1Q21, up 16.6% year on year. The subgenre accounted for 86.7% of the global mobile shooters market revenue on the App Store and Google Play, showing that Battle Royale remains the driving force behind the shooters market.
While the Shooter genre has been a major revenue driver on consoles and PC for years, on mobile the category has struggled to gain traction. However, with the rise of Battle Royale games, the genre has exploded into a very lucrative market. PUBG Mobile was the # 1 revenue title in the world on the App Store and Google Play in 1Q21, while Garena Free Fire was # 8. Losing Fortnite didn’t stop the Battle Royale genre from growing. develop on mobile and the whole shooters market is expected to gain in the future when the next innovations are launched.
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