The year 2020 had great importance on the mobile games market. With the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) and the consequent need for social isolation, mobile games have become the main pastime for many people. Games for Android and iPhone (iOS) have broken sales and download records.
There was some news, such as the launch of the action RPG Genshin Impact, and some other games that were already on the market gained even more relevance, as happened with Among Us and Pokémon Go. Check out, on the list below, the mobile games that were a trend in 2020.
Launched in 2018, the multiplayer betrayal and Among Us strategy had a growing wave of success this year after several influencers broadcast streams of the game on Twitch. The title has remained among the most downloaded mobile games for three consecutive months and has surpassed the 85 million downloads worldwide.
The game’s success was so great that, even though it reached the market two years ago, it won the category of the best mobile game of 2020, during The Game Awards.
The mobile version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been a great success since its release in 2018. The game has become one of the most popular in over 100 countries, being the first Battle Royale mobile title to reach the US$ 1 billion mark in sales. According to information released by the digital consulting site Sensor Tower, already in July 2020, PUBG Mobile and its Chinese version (Game for Peace) accumulated US$ 1.3 billion in sales, double its total revenue in the same period of the previous year.
Call of Duty: Mobile
The Activision Call of Duty: Mobile title reached a total of 250 million downloads worldwide in 2020, surpassing weighty names such as PUBG Mobile and Fortnite. The FPS for Android and iOS had high popularity in the United States, India, and UK, earning US$ 327 million in sales since its launch, considered one of the largest in the history of mobile games.
It is also worth mentioning that in 2020, Call of Duty: Mobile became one of the biggest game titles, with the arrival of the tournament Call of Duty: Mobile World Championship 2020.
Minecraft, Mojang’s block construction game, also has a version for tablets and smartphones. With its creative design and the possibility of playing online with friends, the game became very popular during the pandemic period, reaching a total of 300,000 downloads worldwide, in addition to invoicing a total of US$ 3 million. During the isolation period, some students even had their graduation parties in the virtual environment of the game.
The shooting and survival game for Free Fire cell phones is well known for its accessibility, which has made it one of the biggest mobile games of our time. With more than 1 million downloads reached in 2020, the game had total revenue of US$16 million. It is also worth mentioning that the NFA (National Free Fire Association) League has become, this year, the largest independent Free Fire championship in the United States and the world, showing all the strength that the game has gained in this period.
2020 had everything to be a bad year for Pokémon GO, as the virtual reality game required walks to progress. The scenario changed when Niantic, the game’s producer, made some changes, allowing people to play without having to leave home or be in the same environment as their friends. With this, the mobile game of the famous Japanese little monsters had a positive year, earning about US$ 1 billion, and surpassing the US$ 4 billion mark of lifetime income. This was the best year for the game in terms of revenue, surpassing by up to 30% of its gains in the first months of 2019.
Clash of Clans
Eight years after its launch, the online strategy game Clash of Clans still maintains high popularity among mobile platform players. Very strong in the competitive scene, the game did not hold its usual big tournaments in 2020 because of the pandemic. Even so, the game reached, this year, a total of 1 million downloads, in addition to total revenue of $ 21 million (on average, $ 106 million), maintaining the position of one of the most profitable mobile titles.
The online action game and RPG Genshin Impact won many players in 2020, with its open-world full of adventures and mysteries to unveil. Its popularity was such that recently was chosen as the game of the year by Google Play and Apple. On Google’s platform, the title was also awarded as the best innovative game.
On cell phones, Genshin Impact reached the 17 million download mark just four days after its launch and may have yielded more than $ 50 million in just one week.
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