Editor’s note: Newzoo and Distimo have released monthly mobile game data for May 2013, listing top worldwide games and publishers for iOS App Store and Google Play.  New zoo’s Peter Warman contributes his analysis.

The top five iOS publishers have seen a shake up this month, with GungHo Online Entertainment storming up from the bottom of the chart in April to make number one, thanks to their Android and now iOS hit game Puzzles and Dragons.  They’re followed on the list by Supercell, King.com and EA. Funzio have continued their climb up the charts and are now at the number six spot, pushing Gameloft down to number 7. Two publishers have re-entered the list – COLOPL, and NAMCO BANDAI.  Zynga has climbed one position this month and is now at number eight with five games in the top 200.

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

Focusing on iOS games, as mentioned Puzzle and Dragons from GungHo Online Entertainment is this month’s best performing game, replacing Finland-based Supercell’s Clash of Clans. This is the first time the Supercell hit, now at number three, hasn’t topped the charts since December 2012. Candy Crush Saga from King.com has now climbed into second place. Hay Day, also from the Finnish publisher, remains at number four.

The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle Earth moved up from last month to take the number five spot. Megapolis from Social Quantum made the biggest climb up the charts, moving four places to number six. The Simpsons: Tapped Out is still proving a success, taking up two positions in the top 20 at number seven as well as number 14 for the exclusive North American version. Meanwhile, the social casino favorite, Poker by Zynga, fell down the list to number 20.

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

Looking at the Google Play store, the top five Android publishers also changed dramatically this month. LINE Corporation remains the top publisher with LINE WIND runner, its most successful game. GungHo Online Entertainment climbed four positions to number two, and COLOPL  moved up from number six to third place. The April chart’s second and third place publishers, CJ E&M Corp. and Mobage, are now at fourth and fifth. King.com, EA Swiss Earl, Kabam and Gameloft remain the only Western publishers in a still Asian-dominated list for Android chart toppers.

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

Puzzle and Dragons was once again the best performing game for Google Play store in terms of revenues, but the rest of the list saw a dramatic shake up. LINE WIND runner from LINE Corporation, last month’s number seven, is now the number two game. Last month’s number 13 game from COLOPL is at number three.

The other top five games in April all fell down the list in May.  The April chart’s number two Android game from WeMade Entertainment fell four positions to number six.  The number four game from CJ E&M fell to 11th place.  April’s fifth place game from Fincon fell to number 15.

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

About the Author

Peter Warman is CEO and co-founder of Newzoo, the games market research and consulting firm servicing clients across all game business models and regions.