Starting from today we will be bringing you a new free monthly ranking: Top iOS Games by Revenues covering the US, China and Europe. This revenue ranking is based on our proprietary analysis and modeling of app store data. Through our partnership {link no longer active} with app analytics specialist PrioriData, we will also be providing you with the Top iOS Games by Downloads. Both rankings are available as of today and will be updated around the 10th of each month. You can find the key highlights from each country/region below. This new service and partnerships reflect Newzoo’s ambition to be the first research and analytics company in the world that offers a full suite of games-related market intelligence across all screens, business models and regions.

US Top 20 iOS Games | Casino Games Generate Revenues
The most noteworthy trend in the revenues charts in May is the prevalence of casino games (seven out of the top 20), with publishers like Big Fish Games, Double Down Interactive and Zynga banking on this popular genre among Americans. For deeper insights on the US casino market, check out our Casino Gaming Report & Data {link no longer active}. The top four games in the Top 20 iOS Games by Revenues were stable from the previous month, with Supercell’s Clash of Clans on top, Machine Zone’s Game of War — Fire Age at Rank 2, and King’s Candy Crush Saga and Candy Crush Soda Saga at Ranks 3 and 4 respectively.

Other key take-aways:

  • Supercell and King have three titles each in the top ten games by revenues. Supercell’s Hay Day fell two spots in May to Rank 7, while Boom Beach kept its position at Rank 8. Kabam’s Marvel Contest of Champions saw the biggest improvement in May, jumping seven places to Rank 9.
  • The Top 20 iOS Games by Downloads saw a lot of activity at the top in May. Australian indie developer Hipster Whale’s Crossy Road hopped its way to number one, up three spots from April, dethroning Mortal Kombat X in the process; the Warner Bros. title fell four spots to Rank 5.
  • The most impressive climb in May was Big Duck Games’ puzzle title Flow Free, which shot up seven spots to Rank 4. 

Europe Top 20 iOS Games | Criminal Case’s Download Debut at #1
The Top 20 iOS Games by Downloads saw two new titles entering the top three in May. Parisian developer Simple Things debuted at number one with Criminal Case. The detective-themed hidden object game, originally released as a Facebook game in 2012, dethroned Mortal Kombat X, which tumbled nine spots to Rank 10 in May. Marvel Future Fight by South Korean developer Netmarble Games also debuted strongly in the download charts at Rank 3.

Other key take-aways:

  • The top eight games by revenues were unchanged in May, with Supercell and King firmly planted at the top. All three of Supercell’s titles in the Top 20 iOS Games by Revenues did not move in May and King’s Candy Crush Saga and Candy Crush Soda Saga were also stable at Ranks 2 and 3 respectively.
  • King’s fourth title in the revenues charts, Pet Rescue Saga, didn’t fare as well, falling 9 places to Rank 18. 

China Top 20 iOS Games — Fantasy Westward Journey on Top
NetEase’s Fantasy Westward Journey topped both the revenues and download charts in May, not moving after its number one debut in the April rankings. This comes as no surprise, as we’ve previously seen the game debut at number one in our Top 20 Grossing Android Games in April. The mobile MMORPG games is based on NetEase’s hugely successful PC client game that has attracted more than 310 million registered users over the last 10 years.

Other key take-aways:

  • Tencent dominates the Top 20 iOS Games by Revenues in China with nine titles, two of which were stable in the top five: We Fire Rank 2 and WeFly at Rank 5. Tencent’s big climber in May was Happy Lord (QQ Official), soaring eight places to Rank 10.
  • There are only three Western titles in the revenues charts, and only Supercell’s Boom Beach made into to the top 10, climbing four spots to Rank 8. Interestingly, Mojang’s Minecraft, which sees regular success in the Android rankings, does not even feature in the Top 20 iOS Games by Revenues.
  • Western titles were a bit more successful in the download rankings, with five titles in the top 20. Rover’s Angry Birds Fight! debuted at Rank 5, while French publisher Gameloft’s Asphalt 8: Airborne climbed seven places to Rank 9.