Top 50 Mobile Games Markets
05.11.2019

In 2016, the dominance of the gaming industry’s mobile segment became apparent. Since then, we have published the ratings of the most promising markets for mobile games developers.

This year, we’ve added a language rating to the country rating since this is a particularly important parameter for developers to consider when localizing games.

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METHODOLOGY FOR COMPILING A RATING ON THE PROFITABILITY OF MOBILE GAMES MARKETS:

  • Countries and languages are placed in descending order of their relative profitability of the mobile games market.
  • Marginal profit in this case is a relative indicator. It is the difference between the total market value and the cost per install for a mobile game across all users, determined using the formula: Marginal profit = Market revenue – Number of users × CPI.
  • The number of users is the number of mobile games users in a specific country.
  • In this case, ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) is the average revenue per user per year. The data source for revenue, number of players, and ARPU is the Statista portal. The ARPU figure, highlighted in blue, is predicted to fall, while the rest will increase at various rates.
  • CPI (Cost Per Install) is the average cost for a user to install a game of any genre for Android or iOS in every country which is standardized to 100%, disregarding other platforms. The data source for CPI, as of March 2019 for the games rating in 2018, is the Chartboost platform. Data for March 2019 marked in green was provided by the analytical company Niko Partners.
  • Statistics on the breakdown of mobile users by OS on smartphones and tablets were published by the StatCounter online service.
  • Language market size was calculated with data for all countries that speak the target language with regard to the proportion of target language speakers in each population.

FACTS ABOUT THE MOBILE GAMES MARKET IN 2018

In 2018, the video games market generated USD 137.9 billion. Revenue from mobile games grew from 36% of the total amount in 2017 to 41% in 2018. Forecasts predict this figure will continue to grow, reaching 49% by 2021 (according to Newzoo).

Facts about the Mobile game market

According to Chartboost, the average ARPU for 2018 was USD 31. The average CPI equaled USD 0.47.

As for the gender of mobile games users, there are slightly more men playing than women. In some countries, like the USA, there are considerably more women playing mobile games.

Several trends were observed in the mobile games market in 2018:

  • Just like the year before, a large number of company mergers and acquisitions took place.
  • Successful release of mobile games based on older games, franchises, and IP.
  • Rapid growth of the Asian segment.
  • Steady income growth from the Battle Royale and MOBA game genres.
  • Development of e-sports and videogame streaming, including mobile games.

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RESEARCH CHARACTERISTICS

For our research, we use data from Statista, App Annie, Priori Data, and Newzoo. It’s worth noting that the Statista portal corrected the data for some markets (India, Mexico, and USA) in 2017 and 2018, and these figures may change significantly. For some countries, the numbers from other sources such as Newzoo and App Annie may differ dramatically. Additionally, not a single analytics company has reliable data on the Chinese games market for Android for certain reasons.

In research like this, the profitability of the mobile games market is traditionally grouped by region (North America, Asia, Europe, etc.). Several countries are grouped together and examined as one.

However, we analyzed each country individually and ranked mobile games markets by attractiveness, a list that included 56 countries in 2019.

In addition, we endeavored to take into account the necessary costs for entering the market. To do so, we calculated the cost per install (CPI) for all users and subtracted it from the total income in each country. This allowed us to obtain data on the marginal profit for that market.

The term “users” is understood to mean active players (or accounts) registered in the chosen market.

These materials are intended for informational purposes only. The Allcorrect company does not bear any responsibility for potential losses or other negative consequences incurred by companies or individuals using this information for their business or for other purposes.

Allcorrect game localization studio

Localizing a game into the main languages increases its revenue by a factor of 1.9 (based on data from Google Europe and Allcorrect’s research).

Allcorrect is an ROI-based localization company. Our approach is based on finding profitable markets for developers and publishers and adapting games for target audiences, taking particular cultural aspects into account. Our goal is to make your games popular and your players happy.

We’ve been translating games since 2008, and we’ve localized over 968 projects during that time. Our portfolio includes localizations of large-scale AAA projects as well as indie games that have dominated the international market.

Allcorrect
Allcorrect is an ROI-based localization company. Our approach is based on finding profitable markets for developers and publishers and adapting games for target audiences, taking particular cultural aspects into account. Our goal is to make your games popular and your players happy. We’ve been translating games since 2008, and we’ve localized over 840 projects during that time. Our portfolio includes localizations of large-scale AAA projects as well as indie games that have dominated the international market.