If you are someone that plays a lot of video games, then the concept of in-app purchases isn’t something new to you. Most free games, free or paid alike, offer unique/exclusive items or perks that are locked behind a paywall. In the case of free games, most companies and developers make money through these items and perks. However, aren’t you curious about how much revenue these games generate through consumer spending?
After thorough and detailed research, we have prepared a list of the “Top 5 Highest Grossing Mobile Games Worldwide by Consumer Spend”. As per Statista, these are the 5 games with the highest amount spent by consumers in 2022 till August month:
- Honor of Kings – 1350 Mil USD
- PUBG Mobile – 1220 Mil USD
- Genshin Impact – 1020 Mil USD
- Candy Crush Saga – 760 Mil USD
- ROBLOX – 612 Mil USD
Let’s see what these games have to offer to the players.
1. Honor of Kings
On the number one spot, we have Honor of Kings, the biggest and most played MOBA for mobile. Developed and released by TiMi Studio Group, Honor of Kings is a 5v5 MOBA for mobile. Offering a vast selection of legends to choose from and amazing animations, the game has secured an active player base of 10 million.
Honor Of Kings has such a big following that this game has become an eSport with a prize pool of 10 Million USD. Without a doubt the biggest and the most successful mobile game. Honor of Kings has generated a total of 1350 Million USD in 2022 alone through consumer spending, securing its spot at the No. 1 on this list.
2. PUBG Mobile
There is no surprise that the No. 1 Battle Royale for mobile, PUBG Mobile, is on the list. Standing at the No. 2 spot on our list, PUBG Mobile, with a player base of over 500 Million for the revenue generated through consumer spending.
Developed and released by Level Infinite, PUBG mobile is a battle royale game. Land in the building, loot weapons and resources and be the last squad standing in a 10-minute intense battle royale. PUBG mobile, aside from being one of the pioneers of its genre, also offers a variety of skins and cosmetics to its players. Most of them you can obtain by spending real money or buying the battle pass, which gets renewed each season.
PUBG Mobile has generated a total of 1220 Million USD in 2022 alone through consumer spending, securing its spot at the No. 2 on this list.
3. Genshin Impact
A list of this topic would be incomplete without mentioning a Gacha Game title, so on the No. 3 spot, we have Genshin Impact. Developed and released by COGNOSPHERE PTE. LTD. Genshin Impact is an online RPG gacha game. Explore the world of Teyvet and seek out the 7 element Gods. Genshin Impact is undoubtedly one of the best RPG games out there, offering stunning character models and awesome combat animations.
Genshin Impact also has gacha pulls, meaning players can unlock extremely rare and cool characters or character outfits by opening packs. However, since free packs are few and far between and SSR pull rate is extremely low, players are forced to buy packs using real money.
Genshin Impact has generated a total of 1020 Million USD in 2022 alone through consumer spending, securing its spot at No. 3 on this list.
4. Candy Crush Saga
The biggest surprise to many may be Candy Crush Saga taking the No. 4 spot on this list. Developed and released by King, Candy Crush Saga is an extremely popular mobile game. The concept of this game is quite simple, match three candies of the same type and clear the objectives of each level. As you progress further and further, the levels become incredibly difficult to clear on the first attempt. Candy Crush Saga has 1000+ levels and counting.
Players have 5 lives, and failing to clear a level will cost them a life. These lives are restored over time, but players can use gold (in-game currency) to buy unlimited lives and even different power-ups that help them clear difficult levels. With a player base of over 500 Million, Candy Crush Saga generated a whopping 760 Million USD worldwide in 2022 alone to take the 4th spot on this list.
Standing at No. 5 we have ROBLOX, the internet sensation of the year 2021. Developed and released by ROBLOX Corporation back in July of 2014, this game has taken over the world by storm. Offering thousands of different worlds where players can interact with other players online. So be whatever and whoever you want in this game, and players are only limited by their imagination and wallets.
ROBLOX has generated a total of 612 Million dollars till August 2022 through players spending on various skins and exclusive items in the shop. The in-game items can cost up to a total of 17,900 INR per item, which is why ROBLOX comes in 5th place on the list.
So there you have it, the top 5 Highest Grossing Mobile Games Worldwide by Consumer Spending. The list has some obvious names, such as Genshin Impact and PUBG mobile, but there are a few surprise names, such as ROBLOX and Candy Crush Saga, that many wouldn’t think would be on this list.
To be clear, this is an estimated amount, and the mentioned revenue generated was solely through consumer spending in the year 2022 alone.