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Garena Free Fire from Garena emerged as most downloaded mobile game worldwide for October 2021 with approximately 34 million installs, which represented a 72 per cent increase from October 2020. The countries with the most installs of the app during this period were India at about 30 per cent of its total downloads and Brazil at more than 12 per cent, reports Sensor Tower.
The full top 10 ranking of mobile games worldwide by downloads for October 2021 is above. Game download estimates are from Sensor Tower's Store Intelligence platform. Candy Challenge 3D from Idil Morgul was the second most installed mobile game worldwide last month with close to 19 million installs. The countries with the largest number of Candy Challenge installs were the US at 12.2 per cent, followed by Brazil at 9.3 per cent.
Roblox from Roblox Corporation, Cookie Carver from Azur, and Subway Surfers from Sybo Games rounded out the top five most installed mobile games worldwide for the month. The global mobile games market generated 4.5 billion downloads across the App Store and Google Play in October 2021, marking a rise of 1.3 per cent year-over-year.
The number one market for global game downloads was India, which accumulated 762.6 million installs, or 16.8 per cent of total worldwide downloads. The US ranked number two for downloads at 8.6 per cent, followed by Brazil at 8.3 per cent. Mobile titles inspired by the hit Netflix TV series Squid Game flooded the market in October, with Candy Challenge 3D, Cookie Carver, and 456 from Abi Game Studio all reaching the top 10 overall downloads rankings. These three titles alone generated a combined 53.2 million installs globally across the App Store and Google Play.(IANS/ MBI)
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Other than video calling, it was mobile gaming that took India by storm during the lockdowns and social distancing times. As parents got busy with remote work and struggled to maintain the work-life balance, the popularity of mobile games surged among the youth, especially millennials and Gen Z.
With the Covid-hit year entering its last leg, Indians were spending around 7 hours in a week playing games on their mobiles and the duration increased among the majority (53 percent) since the lockdown that began early this year. Interestingly, 15 percent of the gamers switched to paid mobile gaming apps during the lockdown while freemium gaming apps increased by 8 percent.
According to the CyberMedia Research (CMR) report that came out in November, mobile gaming increased among three in every five serious gamers, with four hours being the average duration of increase since the lockdown began in the country.
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Indian men mostly played action/adventure (71 percent) and first-person shooter (63 percent) games on their smartphones. The ‘Call of Duty Mobile’ and the ‘Garena Free Fire’ were the popular first-person shooter games. Among women, the most popular type of the game was puzzles (65 percent), followed by multiplayer gamers (56 percent).
Here are the top 5 mobile games that ruled the screens this year.
1. Among Us
Among Us from gaming company, InnerSloth was the most downloaded mobile game worldwide for September 2020 with 83.8 million installs, which was 40 times more than the title had in September 2019. In India, kids went crazy for it.
Among Us is a multiplayer game about teamwork and betrayal. You and your crewmates can play this game online or over a local Wi-Fi and attempt to keep your spaceship together. It is important that each player must cooperate with one another in order to return back to civilization.
2. Ludo King
Ludo King, which was launched in 2016, became one of the top five most installed mobile games in April. The growth during the initial phase of the ongoing lockdown helped Ludo King reach the number-one ranking in the top charts of free games on Google Play for some days.
A free-to-play app developed by Indian studio Gammation Technologies Pvt Ltd based in Mumbai, it brought the classic board game on the digital platform. In the pandemic, it was downloaded millions of times in the country.
It smashed all mobile gaming records in India, becoming the top gaming app across platforms. It is a cross-platform app that works on Android, iOS, desktop, and even the Windows mobile platform. Ludo King surpassed top games like Candy Crush Saga, PUBG, Clash of Clans, Subway Surfers, Temple Run, and others in monthly active users in India.
3. PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile has emerged as the highest-grossing mobile game of 2020. According to Sensor Tower, the Tencent-owned game raked in a revenue of close to $2.6 billion from both Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. The figure represents an increase of 64 percent from last year.
According to the data by Sensor Tower Store Intelligence, both PUBG Mobile and its rebranded version in China called Game For Peace managed to accumulate the highest revenue from Play Store and App Store.
The immensely popular PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) Mobile app was among the 118 Chinese apps that the Indian government banned in September over national security concerns. In November, PUBG Corporation said it is making a comeback to the Indian market with the creation of an Indian subsidiary and a new game.
4. Pokemon Go
For Pokemon Go, 2020 has been its best year by far where it accumulated a revenue increase of 31.5 percent. The sudden increase in player spending was because of the various implementations in the game allowing for playing during the pandemic-induced lockdown. Pokemon GO has been around for a few years now, but it continues to impress with its longevity and massive popularity.
5. Garena Free Fire
Garena Free Fire grew to become one of the top five grossing entries in the burgeoning genre since its launch in late 2017. Garena Free Fire (also known as Free Fire Battlegrounds or Free Fire) is a battle royale game, developed by 111 Dots Studio and published by Garena for Android and iOS.
The game received the award for the “Best Popular Vote Game” by the Google Play Store in 2019. As of May 2020, Free Fire has set a record with over 80 million daily active users globally. As of November 2019, Free Fire has grossed over $1 billion worldwide. (IANS)
While PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, popularly known as PUBG, is currently banned in India and despite several attempts by the game lovers to somehow play it on their mobiles by circumventing the ban via virtual private networks (VPNs) and servers located in other countries, PUBG remains a distant reality for millions and the community is scouting for new games.
Currently, Call of Duty: Mobile and Garena Free Fire are games that have become new favorites among the gaming community. Garena and Call of Duty are the among top three downloaded games across iOS and Android app stores. Another game ‘Among Us’ topped the list as PUBG Mobile went missing.
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According to the reports by Sensor Tower, the game has over 83.8 million installations, making its growth almost 40 times in September this year as compared to the same month last year.
‘Among Us’ is an online multiplayer social deduction game developed and published by American game studio InnerSloth. The game takes place in a space-themed setting, in which players each take on one of two roles, most being Crewmates, and a predetermined number being Impostors.
Genshin Impact has also become popular in the post-PUBG ban era. The Scribble Rider game from Voodoo became the second most downloaded game in September. Additionally, Indian gaming company nCore announced indigenous multiplayer action game FAU-G to fill the void of PUBG Mobile. FAU-G is slated to launch later this month.
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“PUBG Mobile ban had a severe impact on mobile gaming as PUBG Mobile had more than 33 million daily active users in India. But mobile gaming is here to stay,” Himanshu Jain, Director of Ant Esports, told IANS.
“Also, it didn’t stop the Esports industry from gaming, and it can never will. However, this did form a separating line between casual gamers and serious gamers. And the serious ones moved to PC Gaming, making the Esports industry even more robust,” Jain added.
PUBG was among 118 Chinese mobile bans banned by the government for security reasons. India was PUBG’s biggest market before the game was blacklisted with more than 175 million downloads to date.
“‘India has 250 million active mobile gamers and as you know that the most valuable company in Asia is associated with gaming. It’s time to transform India from tech hub to a gaming hub to cater to the demand of growing mobile gamers,” Marthesh Nagendra, Country Manager India, ME and SAARC, NETGEAR told IANS.
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With the ban in place for PUBG Mobile in India, gamers started to look for alternative games from the Play Store and App Store.
“After banning popular games, there is definitely a gap for such genres and it’s time for Indian developers to fill the void. I hope some new games are launched around Diwali,” said Faisal Kawoosa, Founder and Chief Analyst, techARC. (IANS)