Mobile games have helped bolster April 2017’s digital games revenue figures, after console, PC, social, and pay-to-play games saw a small decline. Suerpdata reports a $7.7b revenue from digital video games during April, down from the $8b in March, but mobile grew by 8% over last year. Overall, the digital games market itself is up 9% over April 2016. However, March is known as a strong month for video game sales, so a slight reduction in revenue is expected for April.
Superdata lists the top ten mobile titles based on earnings during the month, with Clash Royale topping the chart, followed by Monster Strike, Clash of Clans, and Game of War: Fire Age. Popular Pokémon Go sits in the eighth position, just behind Tencent’s Honour of Kings, a title Superdata considers important.
CEO Joost van Dreunen told CNBC it’s evidence of a trend to watch, as more Chinese developers target the U.S. market with high-tech mobile games which look and play like quality PC games. He didn’t pass Pokémon Go off as a fad though, saying the title, “blew people away,” and that we’d start seeing other games attempt to repeat its success. “People are going to try to copy that formula,” he told the site.