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Chinese Mobile Game Developers Dominate Global Revenue Charts, Raking in $1.96 Billion in September 2023

By Xueyang
Oct. 8, 2023 updated 11:15

In a recent report from Sensor Tower, a total of 39 Chinese companies have made their way into the Top 100 global mobile game publishers in terms of revenue for September 2023. Collectively, these companies generated a staggering 1.96 billion USD, accounting for 39% of the total revenue for the Top 100 mobile game publishers. It's noteworthy that this report only includes publishers' revenues and excludes third-party Android channels in China.

NetEase's "Dunk City Dynasty" climbed the iPhone game download chart, hitting the top spot for five consecutive days after its late August launch. New characters were introduced in September, which further elevated the game's ranking on the sales charts. As of September, the game stands as NetEase's second-highest revenue generator, only behind "Justice Online."

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HoYoverse's "Genshin Impact" celebrated its third anniversary in September, which led to a 31% month-on-month revenue growth. Although a part of its player base migrated to "Honkai: Star Rail," HoYoverse's overall revenue surged by 32%, maintaining its third position on the global mobile game publisher revenue chart.

Dots Interaction, the publisher behind "Whiteout Survival," saw about a 10% month-on-month growth over the past three months. The game's unique snowy theme and low-poly art style contributed to its growing success. The game led the global SLG (Strategy Games) revenue charts for two consecutive months.

Other standouts include Hai Bi Games' RPG "SOULS," which had a 511% revenue growth since its late August overseas launch, and Yi Huan Network's card game "Mosaic Hero," which hit record mobile revenues in Japan.

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Notably, the list of Chinese companies in the Top 100 global revenue chart also includes big names like Perfect World, Bilibili, and Game Card Network, among others. Games like Tencent's "MapleStory: The Legend of Maple" and the strategy game "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" also made significant strides, marking a robust performance for Chinese game publishers in September.

This extensive presence of Chinese companies in the global revenue charts indicates the growing influence of Chinese game developers in the international mobile gaming market.

Source: Sensor Tower