The top grossing mobile game worldwide for September 2020 was Honor of Kings from Tencent with close to $240 million in user spending, not including third-party Android stores. This represented 87 percent growth from September 2019. Approximately 96 percent of Honor of Kings’ revenue was from China, followed by 1.5 percent from Taiwan and 1.2 percent from Thailand. The full ranking of the top grossing mobile games for September 2020 is above. Game revenue estimates are from Sensor Tower’s Store Intelligence platform.
PUBG Mobile from Tencent was the second highest earning mobile game worldwide for September 2020 with more than $198 million in gross revenue, which represented 13.3 percent year-over-year growth from September 2019. About 56.5 percent of PUBG Mobile’s revenue was from China and its localized version of the title, Game For Peace, followed by 12.4 percent from the United States. The next top grossing game was Coin Master from Moon Active, followed by Monster Strike from Mixi and Pokémon GO from Niantic.
Rise of Kingdoms from Lilith Games had its best month ever in September, generating nearly $84 million, up 52.6 percent Y/Y. The surge in player spending followed its launch in China during the month, where its iOS version accumulated $15.7 million, or 18.8 percent of the game’s global revenue for September. The title’s success in China is another sign of the lucrative opportunities in the country, while its worldwide revenue is also an example of how Chinese publishers are increasingly looking global, as proven with the launch of Genshin Impact from miHoYo at the end of September, with that title generating approximately $60 million in its first week.
Coin Master was another title to have its best month ever, picking up close to $113 million in player spending, up 121 percent Y/Y. Revenue for the title has been surging since the start of 2019, surpassing $500 million by October last year. 2020 has seen its star continue to rise further, perhaps accelerated by the global COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns.
Want to see how the rankings compared to the previous month? Check out the Top Mobile Games by Worldwide Revenue for August 2020 here.
Store Intelligence users can see app revenue and app download estimates for the above apps in addition to historical performance metrics on the Sensor Tower platform. Our revenue estimates are from the App Store and Google Play worldwide between September 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020 and represent gross user spending. These rankings do not include app revenue from third-party Android stores.
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