Exclusive: Top Players in Mobile for January

By Meelad Sadat   Google+

Posted February 19, 2013



Newzoo and Distimo have released monthly mobile game data for January 2013, listing top worldwide games and publishers for iOS App Store and Google Play.  Peter Warman, CEO of Newzoo, provides insight for this month's rankings.

"Looking at the top ten iOS publishers, January saw Supercell move into the top spot and push EA into the number two position. Both of Supercell’s games, Clash Of Clans and HayDay, are now in the top three."

"King.com’s Candy Crush Saga jumped up to second place.  Following its success on Facebook, the game is now the best grossing casual mobile game in the world. It has helped King.com climb to number three in the iOS publisher ranks after debuting on the list just last month at number eight."

"A second casual games publisher is also making an impressive run up the iOS charts with Big Fish Casino, a casino game suite with virtual slots, poker, blackjack and other games.  The game jumped four places since last month to number twelve.  It pushed its publisher Big Fish Games to number seven, just below Zynga." 

Source: Newzoo and Distimo. Rankings based on gross sales.

Source: Newzoo and Distimo. Rankings based on gross sales.

"On the Google Play Store side, Asian companies continue to dominate," said Warman. "The top five publishers in the store are made up solely of Asian game makers.  GungHo Online Entertainment moved up from the number two spot to claim the top position, pushing Mobage (DeNA) to the third spot. The Puzzle & Dragons publisher has a total of three games in the top 200 games list.  Naver takes the second spot on Google Play. King.com’s hit Candy Crush debuts on the Google Play top ten at number seven, the only game to break the top ten in both stores."

"Only four publishers are featured in both the iOS as well as the PlayStore ranking - Zynga, King.com, Naver and GungHo Online Entertainment. Across platforms, the number one publisher has three or less games in the top 200 and owns the best performing game."

Source: Newzoo and Distimo. Rankings based on gross sales.

Source: Newzoo and Distimo. Rankings based on gross sales.

For their rankings, Newzoo and Distimo sample data from 44 territories for iOS App Store and 17 territories for Google Play. The top monthly players in mobile will continue next month.

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