Cellular Sport Market Evaluate July 2023

July was an distinctive month for cellular gaming, with a number of the largest titles available on the market launching main updates that launched new gameplay mechanics, monetization choices, and collaborations with common IPs. Nevertheless, many gamers slept by way of the thrill, as they have been too busy clocking up hours within the gamified wellness app, Pokémon Sleep.

In fact, Pokémon isn’t the one main franchise with a rising presence in cellular. Activision capitalized on the momentum of Diablo IV’s profitable launch on PC and console by including a brand new replace to its cellular sport Diablo Immortal, which launched the franchise’s first new character class in virtually a decade. Gamers turned up in droves to check out the Blood Knight, inflicting a 400% improve in every day downloads on iOS. 

Monopoly GO! continues to be dominating the charts and continues to construct engagement by way of its first cooperative occasion, Baking Companions, the place gamers had to assist one another make a cake to win numerous in-game rewards.

There have been additionally a big variety of IP collaborations in the most well-liked cellular titles throughout July, primarily with movies and tv exhibits. A few of our favourite crossovers included Match Masters and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Stumble Guys and Barbie, PUBG and Dragon Ball Z, and even Survivor!.io and Spongebob Squarepants. 

You’ll find extra details about all these updates, in addition to many others from throughout the US, China, and Japanese markets, in our July Cellular Sport Market assessment.

US Market Overview

Following the success of its one-year anniversary replace final month, a serious replace for Diablo Immortal added the franchise’s first new character class in virtually ten years, the Blood Knight. This mid-range class focuses on polearms and combines lengthy and ranged assaults right into a hybrid fight type; it’s additionally able to “feeding” on the lifetime of its enemies to regenerate well being. 

The brand new class will be performed by creating a brand new character or altering an present one utilizing the sport’s free ‘class change’ function. Blizzard additionally launched a particular occasion designed to take advantage of the brand new class, The Crimson Airplane, that includes a limited-time roguelite PvE mode and a progressive reward monitor with an unique set of Blood Knight Armour. 

For now, the one approach for Diablo followers to check out the Blood Knight is by enjoying Immortal, which resulted in a 400% spike in downloads on the day of the replace. As the brand new class wasn’t monetized, the sport didn’t expertise a income spike much like the month prior for its one-year anniversary.

Diablo Immortal’s daily downloads spiked by over 400% on 13 July following the release of the Blood Knight (Source: GameRefinery Platform)
Diablo Immortal’s every day downloads spiked by over 400% on 13 July following the discharge of the Blood Knight (Supply: GameRefinery Platform).

Monopoly GO! added its first cooperative occasion, Baking Companions, which ran from 4–9 July and tasked gamers to associate up with one another and make a cake to unlock particular rewards. The prizes embody cube rolls, money, stickers, and even a novel token representing the participant on the board. Whereas the occasion had no notable impression on downloads, every day income on iOS doubled across the begin of the occasion, with the sport persevering with to construct momentum after its conclusion as additional updates are launched.

iOS revenue increased significantly during the launch of the update and has maintained momentum since the event concluded (Source: GameRefinery Platform)
iOS income elevated considerably throughout the launch of the replace and has maintained momentum because the occasion concluded (Supply: GameRefinery Platform).

Within the week-long occasion, gamers needed to gather a novel forex known as “purple cookies” from the Monopoly board, which have been spent on rolling a wheel to gather development factors for the “cake-making course of.” Gamers and their companions unlocked particular rewards as soon as they collectively reached particular level milestones. 

Players can join forces with up to four other users in Monopoly GO!’s Baking Partners event
Gamers can be a part of forces with as much as 4 different customers in Monopoly GO!’s Baking Companions occasion.

July was additionally an enormous month for collaboration occasions, with a big concentrate on common movie and tv franchises. First up is Match Masters, which collaborated with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to have fun the discharge of the brand new movie Mutant Insanity. 

Gamers needed to gather pizza slices from PvP modes to succeed in reward milestones within the Boss Battle Assortment Occasion, permitting them to battle a number of the franchise’s most iconic villains in alternate for unique skins and stickers. A number of TMNT-themed restricted time IAP-offers have been additionally out there throughout the collaboration, together with development and customizable bundles, which helped every day income virtually quadruple within the days following the replace.

Match Masters’ first-ever collaboration event saw daily revenue more than quadruple (Source: GameRefinery Platform)
Match Masters’ first-ever collaboration occasion noticed every day income greater than quadruple (Supply: GameRefinery Platform).

In the meantime, the Fall Guys clone, Stumble Guys, collaborated with the doll-turned-blockbuster-movie, Barbie. The Barbie Malibu Mayhem occasion added a novel Barbie Dream Sprint map that noticed gamers speeding round to ship Barbie’s favourite objects to numerous NPCs earlier than they have been eradicated. The Barbie Malibu Mayhem rewarded gamers with Barbie Tokens, which might be spent in an occasion store to buy unique Barbie-themed skins and an emote. 

Survivor!.io launched the Deepsea Survivor Occasion, which added Spongebob Squarepants and his neighbor Squidward as playable characters. ​To unlock Spongebob, gamers needed to full numerous sign-in duties, whereas unlocking Squidward required participating in every day battle levels. Gamers might additionally unlock Spongebob’s snail, Gary, as a brand new pet by way of IAP affords.

The Barbie Dream Dash map in Stumble Guys
The Barbie Dream Sprint map in Stumble Guys.

Lastly, virtually a 12 months because it was first introduced, PUBG Cellular launched its long-awaited Dragon Ball Tremendous collaboration, introducing two new modes, Dragon Ball character gachas, process occasions, and extra.

The primary new mode, Battle Royale: Dragon Ball Tremendous, ditched virtually all the normal PUBG gameplay parts to remodel the map into an anime-style battleground the place gamers duke it out as their favourite Dragon Ball characters. The opposite mode, Dragon Ball Tremendous, retains many of the core gameplay concepts however incorporates features of the anime, similar to the power to search out Dragon Balls hidden throughout the map or fireplace an vitality beam.

PUBG’s Battle Royale: Dragon Ball Super event turned the game into an anime-style battleground full of iconic DBZ characters
PUBG’s Battle Royale: Dragon Ball Tremendous occasion turned the sport into an anime-style battleground filled with iconic DBZ characters.

Different US market highlights embody:

  • Moonton launched a brand new tower protection RPG known as Watcher of Realms, which managed to hit the highest 50 grossing. 
  • Area Ape Video games launched an uncommon match3 sport themed round automotive restoration known as Chrome Valley Customs, which has been scaling the previous month in the direction of the highest grossing 100.  
  • Jam Metropolis’s new puzzle RPG themed round DC Comics, DC Heroes & Villains, has struggled to interrupt into prime grossing 200, regardless of the recognition of characters similar to Batman, Superman, and Harley Quinn.  
  • After an preliminary robust launch, the card-collecting RPG Harry Potter: Magic Woke up has fallen radically in efficiency after final month’s US launch, regardless of performing comparatively properly in China. 
  • Tencent lastly launched its extraction shooter Enviornment Breakout throughout the globe. Nevertheless, regardless of its excessive manufacturing values and recognition in China for a while, it has but to discover a robust viewers in different markets. 

Japan Market Overview

Following the profitable launch of Pokémon Go and Pokémon Smile, the Pokémon Firm continued to broaden its cellular ecosystem in July with the long-awaited launch of Pokémon Sleep. This distinctive title combines sleep monitoring and Pokémon amassing into one gamified wellness app. The bizarre amalgamation appears to have struck a chord with cellular customers, with the title rating #1 in downloads since its launch. 

Nevertheless, Pokemon Sleep didn’t obtain this all by itself. Pokémon Go additionally launched a particular themed occasion to have fun the launch, Catching Some Zs, which featured an unique Snorlax carrying a nightcap for any participant who linked a Pokémon GO Plus + (a brand new bodily accent used for each Pokémon Go and Pokémon Sleep) to the sport. 

We’ll be discussing Pokémon Sleep in additional element quickly as a part of our Cellular Video games Playbook podcast, in addition to offering an in depth evaluation on our platform.

Different Pokémon appear depending on the quality of a player's sleep
Completely different Pokémon seem relying on the standard of a participant’s sleep.

The Dragon Ball franchise additionally made waves in Japan following the discharge of a brand new Extremely-tier character, Tremendous Saiyan God SS Vegito, in Dragon Ball Legends. The character was anticipated to be a worthy challenger to the present meta and anticipated to dominate PvP modes, that means many gamers have been determined to unlock them as quickly because the replace landed.

Tremendous Saiyan God SS Vegito might solely be unlocked by way of a step-up gacha consisting of 4 10-character pulls, out of which the fourth was a free pull. To tug all 4, a participant wanted 3,000 Chrono Crystals (price simply over $60). The precise drop charge of Tremendous Saiyan God SS Vegito was 0.350%, which could be very low, and gamers additionally required duplicate pulls to improve the character additional.

Every day income spiked by greater than 2000% after the character’s launch.

The release of Super Saiyan God SS Vegito caused a daily revenue spike of over 2000% (Source: GameRefinery Platform).
The discharge of Tremendous Saiyan God SS Vegito prompted a every day income spike of over 2000% (Supply: GameRefinery Platform).

Different Japan market highlights embody:

  • The lifelike baseball sport, MLB 9 Innings Rivals, has ranked #1 in downloads for a number of days and grossed between 20 and 50 for many of July. With baseball being a massively common sport in Japan, it’s unsurprising that this new sport managed to search out its viewers rapidly.
  • That Time I Reincarnated as a Slime launched its first collaboration occasion with the favored anime KonoSuba.
  • Ensemble Stars!! Music launched a summer season occasion with its personal tackle the Treasure Hunt/Hidden Temple occasion kind.
  • A brand new mecha RPG, Muv-Luv Dimensions, launched at #1 within the obtain charts and #18 grossing, however has since fallen down the ranks.

China market highlights embody:

  • Justice Cellular (逆水寒) is the cellular model of NetEase’s “flagship MMORPG” Justice On-line, with excessive manufacturing values and a Chinese language fantasy artwork type. It’s at present rating round top-grossing #3 and DL #2.
  • Crystal of Atlan (晶核) is an anime cel-shading-style motion RPG with flashy graphics and traditional sword-swinging gameplay. The sport describes itself as having an “aetherpunk” theme; a mixture of magic and know-how. The sport has been hovering within the prime 5 top-grossing and prime 15 downloads.
  • I’m Actually Superior At Martial Arts Competitions (我比武特牛) is a hybrid sport with a hyper-casual beat-‘em-up type core and Archero type meta that has made it to the top-grossing ranks. The sport at present ranks within the top-grossing 70-80 and the highest 15 in downloads.


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