Sensor Tower’s report shows that in September 2023, Tencent’s Honor of Kings earned $198 million on the global App Store and Google Play.
Honor of Kings ranks first in the list of mobile games with the largest revenue worldwide. On September 8, the game had many new updates, immediately seeing a spike in revenue. During the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day in China, a number of limited and new season skins help maintain revenue efficiency and player appeal. You can follow the top 10 most popular mobile games in the world through the rankings below. Data does not include third-party Android channel games.
Meanwhile, Tencent’s PUBG Mobile game (combined with Game for Peace revenue) ranked second on the list with revenue of 139 million USD. Of which, 56% of revenue comes from the Chinese iOS market, the Indian market accounts for 9.6% and the US market accounts for 8.1%. On September 8, the return of eight limited skins helped the game achieve its highest sales of the month.
On September 13, the game launched a new version that introduced exciting, rich exploration content and many themed props, helping to increase revenue. On September 22, the game linked up with the popular Dragon Ball IP and released many themed items, maintaining strong momentum. The remaining three games in the list of 5 highest-grossing titles are Dream Games’ Royal Match, Monopoly GO! and Roblox.
In September 2023, global players spent $6.3 billion on the App Store and Google Play, up 3% year-over-year. The US is still the market with the highest mobile game revenue in the world, contributing nearly 1.9 billion USD, accounting for 29.4% of total global revenue. The Chinese iOS market ranked second, accounting for 19.7%, the Japanese market ranked third, accounting for 16.3%.
MiHoYo’s two mobile games performed well in September. On September 5, the character in the game Genshin Impact helped bring in large revenue in September. On this occasion, the game also celebrated its 3rd anniversary by providing providing new characters, new maps and other rich content, returning to the list of top 10 mobile games with global revenue, and also topping the list of revenue growth with an increase of 31%. While the game Honkai: Star Rail skyrocketed in rankings, ranking 8th on the revenue list.
With popular IPs, Netmarble’s Seven Knights Idle Adventure, Niantic’s Monster Hunter Now and Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis, ranked 2nd, 5th and 8th on the September yearly revenue growth list.
Bandai Namco’s Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle introduced two new characters in September, Super Saiyan Gohan and Super Saiyan Trunks, helping sales increase 69% month-over-month and topping the growth, currently ranked 3rd.
Gungho Online Entertainment’s Puzzle & Dragons achieved incredible revenue growth in partnership with Dengeki, increasing by 143%. This partnership introduces many new features that allow players to participate more in the experience.
The All-Star Streetball Party mobile game authorized by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and developed in-house by NetEase was released at the end of August and entered the list of top 10 revenue growth in September With the launch of characters such as famous basketball players Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Han Xu, the game achieved a monthly growth of 236% in September.