PUBG Mobile has been putting up impressive numbers lately, having recently crossed the $5 billion threshold for lifetime revenue. However – according to new data from Sensor Tower – it’s no longer the top-grossing mobile battle royale in the US, having been overtaken by Garena Free Fire.
During the first quarter of 2021, Garena Free Free managed to gross approximately $100 million, while PUBG Mobile only pulled in $68 million during the same timeframe. The numbers put up by PUBG aren’t surprising, experiencing just a 9% increase compared to Q1 of last year. Garena Free Fire, however, saw its revenue skyrocket, increasing to 4.5 times the number it was last year.
The top three battle royale category is rounded out by Call of Duty: Mobile, which generated $62 million in revenue.
While Garena Free Fire takes the crown in the US, the picture is much different when looking at numbers across the globe. PUBG Mobile grossed $744 million during Q1, while Garena Free Fire barely crossed $250 million – with most of that revenue coming from the States.
“In total, and including Call of Duty: Mobile, the Battle Royale market accumulated $1.3 billion in 1Q21, a rise of 16.6 percent Y/Y,” said Craig Chapple, senior insights strategist at Sensor Tower. “The sub-genre accounted for 86.7 percent of global mobile Shooter market revenue on the App Store and Google Play, showing that Battle Royale remains the driving force behind the Shooter market.”
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Jon Bitner is an Associate Editor for TheGamer. His passion for gaming started with his first console (Sega Genesis) and he hasn’t stopped playing since. His favorite titles include The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Team Fortress 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Pokémon Sword & Shield, Old School Runescape, Skyrim, and Breath of the Wild. He can usually be found playing the latest RPG, FPS, or some obscure mobile game. Before working as Associate News Editor, Jon earned a Biology degree and worked in the Biotechnology sector — experiences that taught him how to put words together and make sentences. When not playing or writing about the gaming industry, he enjoys sleeping, eating, and staring at birds.
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