Free Fire overtakes PUBG Mobile in U.S. revenue.
PUBG Mobile continues to be the top grossing game in Saudi Arabia and Turkey. However, it has lost Q1 revenue to Free Fire in the most important US market. According to Sensor Tower, Free Fire grossed about $100 million in the US in Q1, up nearly 4.5 times from the same period last year. PUBG Mobile made $68 million, up 9% from the previous year. Call of Duty: Mobile accumulated $62 million, an increase of approximately 80 percent year on year.
Since the removal of Fortnite from Epic Games from the App Store and Google Play, Free Fire and Call of Duty: Mobile appear to be the main beneficiaries. The good news is that Epic and Garena are Tencent’s allies, and the fact that PUBG Mobile is surpassed in single market revenue should be acceptable to Tencent.
Game of Sultans, developed by Meng Plus in collaboration with Dianchu, has been a steady performer in the Turkish market, ranking in the Top 50 for a long time. The annual report of Dianchu showed that the game revenue was 399 million yuan, up by 7.78% year on year. In April and May, the game revenue exceeded 100 million yuan for two consecutive months.
Game of Sultans is a game of palace intrigue for the Middle East market. Dianchu, good at such a genre, created the marker before the demand had not been met. Game of Khans, the newest game in the genre, is currently doing well in the former Soviet Union.
The new SLG The Walking Dead: Survivors, with high hopes from ELEX, was launched overseas last week. However, the performance of the game is relatively modest, with only a few countries in the Top 100 best-selling list, which might result from ELEX’s inadequate promotion. The art style of the game is the same as that of the standalone version of The Walking Dead, which is an American comic style. In theory, it is easy to appeal to the franchise’s old players.
ELEX’s IP adaption of Call of Duty was not a smooth progress, which was abandoned after the test. And they hope they can make better achievements with the IP of The Walking Dead.
UNO Topped the List of March Downloads in Turkey
According to App Annie’s Turkey Mobile game Market Index for March, NetEase’s subsidiary UNO and Tencent’s PUBG Mobile were the top downloads and revenues in Turkey respectively.
In Turkey, UNO, Batak and PUBG Mobile were the top three most downloaded games in March. UNO is a game made by Mattel163, a joint venture between NetEase and UNO’s copyright holder Mattel, which initially ran the H5 version on Facebook and later the mobile game version. UNO is currently in the top 50 download charts in major overseas markets such as the United States, France and Germany.
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