PUBG Mobile was the Second Most Downloaded Mobile Game in Q3

PUBG Mobile was the second most downloaded mobile game in the world in Q3 2019, beaten only by Fun Race 3D. It beat out games like Mario Kart Tour, Garena Free Fire, Mr Bullet, and Sand Balls, just to name a few. The majority of those downloads came from the Google Play store. On the App Store, Mario Kart Tour was actually the most downloaded game of the quarter and PUBG Mobile ranked only 7th.

PUBG Mobile saw more than a 100% growth quarter on quarter with nearly 80 million downloads. While Battle Royale Garena Free Fire managed to spend a 4th quarter in a row in the top 3 in the Google Play Store.

Of course, it should be noted that it is impossible to know how well Fortnite is performing on mobile because they aren’t in the Google Play store and this chart gets its data from the mobile app stores. It is interesting though to see so many games on these lists that well quite frankly, I’ve never even heard of. A lot of them are super casual games and aren’t the type of thing that people read or write about very often.

The data was collected and presented by SensorTower who are constantly releasing new reports on the performances of mobile apps, including games. If this is the sort of information that interests you then you should check out the MMOGames weekly business report every Friday. It dives into all the data and financial news that has been released in the online gaming industry every week.

 

 

Source: Sensor Tower

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New Warhammer MMORPG Warhammer: Odyssey Opens Pre-Registration

There’s a new Warhammer MMORPG on the way and now you can pre-register to play it. Warhammer: Odyssey takes place in the Old World where Morrslieb the Chaos Moon grows large and doomsayers have taken to the streets. You’ll be able to explore iconic Warhammer Fantasy locations like Marienburg, Drakwald Forest, and The Wasteland. The game is expected to expand with episodic updates released over time throughout the length of the game’s life.

Pre-registering your interest now will sign you up for a chance to take part in future beta tests. You’ll also earn exclusive in-game rewards as well as get news and updates on the development of the game.

Currently, there are 6 unique classes that have been confirmed and anyone familiar with Warhammer will recognize them. They are High Elf Archmage, High Elf Shadow Warrior, Human Witch Hunter, Human Warrior Priest, Dwarf Slayer, and Dwarf Engineer.

The game is being developed by Virtual Realms, a studio based in Bangkok. They are best known today for their flagship MMO Celtic Heroes on iOS.

There is no release date for Warhammer: Odyssey yet and we don’t even have an idea of when beta testing will begin. But that’s hardly going to stop any Warhammer fans. The game will be playable on iOS and Android. Based on previous experience it would be safe to assume that beta will begin in the next couple of months, so be sure to keep an eye out for it, we will be.

 

Source: MMOCulture, Official Site

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MMORPG Sword Cat Online Launches

Have you ever wished you were in a game populated solely with catgirls and boys? If you said yes, you’re in luck and I’m not just talking about City of Heroes’ Pocket D nightclub. No, I’m talking about the mobile MMORPG Sword Cat Online. In Sword Cat Online everyone plays as a cat hero made in a cute cartoonish art style.

One thing that makes Sword Cat Online stand out is that it is designed to be played with just your thumbs, allowing you to hold your phone in a more natural way as you play. It also boasts full social features like clans, chat, a PvP Arena, and World Boss co-op. It also has a single-player campaign with hundreds of stages.

Because of the anime style fighting scenes, the developers do stress that Sword Cat Online is really only recommended for those ages 12 and up.

The game is available exclusively on Google Play, sorry iPhone users. To celebrate the launch of the game all new players can use the code “scofun19” to receive a free cat hero and 300 gems in game. This code does have a limited quantity though so it is recommended that you redeem it right away. You can find more opportunities to win prizes and get more information about the game on their official Facebook page.

Also, be sure to check out the trailer for the game below.

Source: Press Release

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Space MMORPG Second Galaxy Launching this Week

Three thousand years in the future humanity has formed an empire in the stars called “Second Galaxy.” In this Second Galaxy, five regimes have emerged, each eager to further colonize the universe. Players in this open world MMORPG have the freedom to play any role they like from explorer to bodyguard, miner, or merchant.

The universe of Second Galaxy has 4,961 galaxies to explore that are filled with dark matter, wormholes, space stations, and more. In those, nearly 5,000 galaxies are more than 50,000 stars across 1,000 light years. There are five types of spacecraft with over 150 classes to pick from. Customization of your ships is impressive as well with more than 1,000 types of tactical equipment, 3,000 spacecraft components, and 5,000 technological upgrades.

You’ll be able to see thousands of players on the screen engaging in real-time combat. Thanks to their advances in technology the game can support half a million concurrent players. Quite impressive for a mobile game. Yes, all of this is in a mobile game.

Second Galaxy will be launching globally on iOS and Android on July 5th. Though it’s being called a soft launch, so maybe it’s just a beta? Honestly, does anything mean anything these days? From the sound of it though, they mean for it to be a launch.

This gorgeous looking mobile game looks like it could give EVE a run for its money. If you’re looking for more information about the game you can find them on Facebook or on their official site. Pre-registration is now available as well.

 

Source: Press Release

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New Smite Game, Smite Blitz Announced by Hi-Rez

The height of the MOBA craze seems like it was forever ago. How often do you hear people talking about LoL, DOTA, or Smite anymore? Well, Hi-Rez, the makers of Smite haven’t forgotten and now they’ve announced new game set in an alternate Smite universe called Smite Blitz.

Smite Blitz is a mythology-themed action RPG with story, challenge, and PvP modes. It will launch with 60 Gods available and many more to come at launch. The game will be playable on iOS and Android, in fact, it is available in Technical Alpha for both right now. If you want the opportunity to take part in the Technical Alpha you’ll need to sign up for Hi-Rez Labs, the volunteer playtesting program for things in development by Hi-Rez.

Here’s what the press release announcing the game had to say about the gameplay.

SMITE Blitz allows players to form squads from their collection of gods from multiple pantheons and create the ultimate team to tackle the variety of challenges SMITE Blitz has to offer. Through simple core gameplay, a depth of content to explore and with a brand new visual style, people both familiar and new to the SMITE universe can experience SMITE Blitz to its full extent.

“No other mobile RPG offers players the chance to control legendary gods in the palm of their hands from so many different pantheons!” said SMITE Blitz Associate Producer, Logan Cooper. “Bringing the world of SMITE to mobile devices has opened up opportunities for new gameplay experiences beyond competitive gaming that fans of the game have been keen for us to continue to explore, while opening it up to players that may not have had the chance to experience the epic stories from across mythology that only SMITE can provide. We’re excited to welcome players to SMITE Blitz and can’t wait to see how their adventures unfold.”

 

Source: Press Release

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NEXON Opens Durango: Wild Lands Pre-Registration For Mobile

A new MMORPG with dinosaurs is about to make its way to mobile, thanks to a little help from NEXON. Now the publisher has the tools necessary to get players ready for the Jurassic adventure Durango!

The team announced today, in conjunction with its Korea office, that it has launched pre-registration for Durango: Wild Lands starting today. This mobile sandbox MMORPG, as they describe it, “transports players into the middle of a vast wilderness in an alternate universe where humans live alongside dinosaurs. The only way players can survive the uncharted and unforgiving land is to explore, compete and band together to build a functional society.

Durango: Wild Lands features a persistently-evolving open world where freedom of choice grants players the power to control their own destinies. Crafting, cooking, farming, sewing, gathering and taming wild dinosaurs are just several of the skills players will need to master to establish a thriving civilization in the midst of the hostile wild.”

Pre-registration has officially opened up for both Google Play and iOS devices through the official game website. And those who jump at the opportunity will score some free bonuses when the game launches, including the following:

  • Collectable Items– An exclusive package of useful in-game items, including the Broomstick, Paper Box, Doggy Mask, Dino Mask, Warp-Box, Health, Striped Compsognathus and more.
  • Rare Gems– Android players who pre-register through Google Play will receive 300 Warp Gems.

A release date for Durango: Wild Lands still hasn’t been provided yet. But considering the game is set with pre-registration, it probably isn’t too far off now. Not to mention that the game is available now in various markets, including Australia, Canada and New Zealand, among others.

Will you be taking the journey into the world of Durango?

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MU Origin 2 Closed Beta Announced

It seems like just yesterday we were talking about Webzen’s MU Origin and now here we are on the cusp of the MU Origin 2 closed beta for North America and Latin America talking about it. The closed beta starts today and will run for 10 days, until April 7th. It’s only available for Android users though there will be an iOS version when the game launches later this year. Though the game will also be releasing in Europe players located there won’t be able to take part in the closed beta.

MU Origin 2 is, as the name implies, the second spinoff from Webzen’s massively popular Korean MMORPG MU Online. Players will be able to pick from three distinct classes; Dark Knight, Dark Wizard, and Elf. The press release boasts that the game will include classical MU elements and gameplay on a mobile device with a huge selection of quests, dungeons, modes, pets, items and more.

All closed beta participants who reach level 150 and submit a short survey about their experiences in the beta will get an exclusive title when the game launches. It should be stated, however, that characters from this closed beta will be wiped. According to comments made on Facebook Webzen currently hopes to launch the game for everyone in May or June.

If you’re looking for a new mobile game to play then it looks like MU Origin 2 will be a great option for you going into the summer. Check out the trailer below and for more information head over to the official site.

Source: Press Release

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Fortnite Android Will Not Launch on the Play Store

It can get mighty frustrating waiting for certain games and apps’ release on Android when they’re already live on iOS, with the Fortnite Android version being one of the biggest in recent memory, having been confirmed as launching for Android devices a while back but taking its sweet time. Well, it looks like we finally have our answer as Epic Games have decided that Fortnite Android will not be launching on the Play Store at all, and will instead be launching directly from Epic.

Fortnite Battle Royale

This may seem like an odd decision but the reason why is pretty simple: Google takes a 30% cut of revenue earned through their Play Store, and with Fortnite’s success, Epic feels that the game doesn’t need to rely on the Play Store to make people aware of Fortnite’s release and is confident that it will bring in more than enough money, thus saving them millions of dollars.

There are concerns over security, however, as some point out that scammers will use this opportunity to promote fake versions of the game to coerce unsuspecting people into installing malware, which Google Play can better protect against. Considering many of Fortnite’s players are young children, many are concerned that scammers will exploit this fully expecting people to search for the app through a search engine rather than going directly to the source, especially if they utilize ads and SEO to appear near the top of search engines.

However, Epic’s CEO Tim Sweeney claims that this decision will not only save them a lot of money in the long run, but also notes smartphone platforms “do very little” and make money selling ads using keywords for the most popular apps on their platforms and would much prefer to have better control over their title and be able to offer the best user experience.

Our Thoughts

It’s great to see Fortnite finally making movements towards Android, especially considering how well they’ve been doing on iOS over the past few months. As for the security concerns, we shall have to wait and see. We don’t yet know exactly how Epic Games will implement the Android version of the game or how they’ll go about protecting their users, but we will certainly be keeping an eye on the situation.

Source: The Register

 

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MMO Money: Huge Disappointment for Tencent

Seed has raised more than 8 million dollars for development of the unique MMO, while Niantic has acquired another game studio. Fortnite is still making more money than anyone could ever count, but a massive mobile game from China has turned into a huge disappointment for Tencent. Plus, we have more lootbox news, which includes some very interesting statistics that show most players don’t care about them at all.

 

Klang Raises $8.75 million for space MMO Seed

Space colony MMO Seed has an extra $8.75 million to work with for the development of the game thanks to recent fundraising efforts. This brings the total the studio has raised for the game up to $13.95 million, thanks to a previous funding round in March. Speaking about the latest funding Klang’s CEO Mundi Vondi said: “We’re truly humbled to have secured the Series A for the development of Seed, a project that we believe will play an integral role in the next generation of social simulations. We are honored to share our vision with Northzone, and are more excited than ever to tackle this very ambitious project.”

 

Fornite Earned $1 Billion From In-Game Purchases Alone

Yes, Fortnite has become one those topics we’re covering every week and starting next week we’re going to lump all the Fortnite news into one section. This week thankfully we only have one thing to talk about, and that is that Fortnite has earned 1 billion dollars just from in-game purchases. Monthly revenue for the game has done nothing but climb since October as shown by the graph above. In May viewers watched almost 700 million hours of battle royale content, 83% of that was Fortnite. More on Fortnite coming soon…

 

“Coming Soon” No Longer Allowed in German Preorders

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A recent court ruling in Germany may have a ripple effect around the world as it was declared that using vague terms like “coming soon” in preorders isn’t allowed. Part of the ruling said: “in the view of the judges, this information was too vague to comply with the statutory information obligation of the providers. According to this, potential customers should know before the end of the ordering process how long the delivery time will be at the maximum.” Exactly what this means for the future of gaming isn’t clear yet but it could possibly put an end to vague release dates, Kickstarter claims, and much more.

 

Video Game Kickstarters Equal Almost $10 million So Far in 2018

ICO Partners have put out their regular report on Kickstarter campaigns for video games which shows that video game Kickstarters have brought in $9.82 million so far this year. That’s up just $400,000 from the same period last year. This was in fact done with fewer Kickstarter campaigns than in previous years, just 723, the lowest first half of the year since 2012. Kickstarter is generally seeing a bit of a slowdown when it comes to video games, as people are learning how difficult it is to put a successful campaign together.

 

Niantic Acquires Seismic Games

Just last week we were talking about Pokemon Go creators Niantic acquiring a company and now here we are with another, their fourth acquisition in recent months. This time they have acquired Seismic Games, the makers of Marvel Strikeforce and VR experience Blade Runner: Revelations. John Hanke, the CEO said this in a statement: “We recently gave a peek under the hood of the Niantic Real World Platform, and we see the addition of Seismic Games as a significant accelerant for realising our vision of an operating system that bridges the digital and the physical worlds. At Niantic, we’re committed to our mission of motivating people to exercise, be social, and discover new places. We’re confident that Seismic Games will help us deliver on that mission – faster, and better.” All of these acquisitions are putting Niantic in position for a lot of awesome in the future which makes you wonder, what are they coming up with next?

 

Mobile Game Spending Up in the First Half of 2018

Mobile game revenue is up 19% in the first half of 2018 in the App Store and Google Play. App Store spending was about $6 billion higher than Google Play. Combined, the estimate is that global spending on the two platforms was at $26.6 billion. That’s a 19.1% increase year on year. One thing that may have an impact on Google Play’s revenue is that it isn’t available in China, at all. Also, many Android apps are available in third-party stores which isn’t the case for iOS. The top grossing games across both stores were Honor of Kings, Monster Strike, and Fate/Grand Order. But, PUBG mobile was the most downloaded. All of this just goes to show that mobile gaming is here to stay and there’s a lot of money to be had.

 

Arena of Valor Revenue Passes $3 million in 7 Months

Arena of Valor

Its only been 7 months since Arena of Valor launched in the west and in that time they’ve brought in $3 million. For any other game that would be fantastic, but Arena of Valor is Tencent’s Honor of Kings, one of the most successful mobile games at the moment. The Chinese version of the game has 200 million players and in 2017 brought in $1.9 billion in revenue. The founder of Sensor Tower, the intelligence firm who released this information spoke about the launch of the game and why they think it’s underperforming. “Arena of Valor launched in the US just as the battle royale craze was beginning to heat up, with Fortnite hitting mobile three months later-and subsequently dominating the time and wallets of the very users Tencent’s MOBA is gunning for. Undeterred, the publisher has continued to build out the game in the West, adding new modes, content, and characters, most recently the eagerly anticipated debut of Batman as a playable hero.” All fair points…also, Batman will be playable? Where do I sign up?

 

Lootboxes

A patch was introduced to CS:GO for Dutch and Belgian players that locks containers, making it so you can’t open lootboxes in those countries. In June, Valve disabled item trading in the Netherlands in response to the threat of prosecution from the Dutch Gaming Authority. At the time they also said they hoped to fight it, now it seems that item trading is back but lootboxes may be gone for good.

A survey of gamers from the UK, France, Germany, and Spain has revealed that the majority of gamers are either unaware of lootboxes or largely indifferent to them. According to the survey, only 27% of gamers in these countries are aware of lootboxes. When it comes to general consumers that number drops to 17%. When asked if lootboxes are a positive influence on the games industry, 29% had no opinion while only 25% thought they don’t. In question after question, the respondents showed they had very little opinion on lootboxes at all. It would seem that those talking about them and thinking about them often are in the vocal minority.

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Fortnite Mobile Makes 5 Times the Revenue of PUBG Mobile, With half the downloads

If you follow our weekly MMO business column then it won’t surprise you to know that Fortnite is making a ton of money on mobile. Thanks to Sensor Tower, a market intelligence firm, we’ve learned that in the 11 weeks leading up to June 18 Fortnite made $92 million in revenue. In that same time, PUBG only grossed about $19 million. Meaning that Fortnite Mobile makes 5 times the revenue of PUBG Mobile. This, despite the fact that PUBG is available on iOS and Android while Fortnite is only on iOS.

Player spending in PUBG did spike recently though with the release of the Royale Pass. According to Sensor Tower, player spending increased by 365%. This grossed roughly $6.1 million globally every week compared to the previous $1.3 million average.

Just a week ago a new survey was released showing that 69% of Fortnite players have bought something in-game and the average spend is $85. Of the 1,000 players surveyed one in five said they were unaware that purchasing in-game content didn’t give them an advantage, this despite the warning at the bottom of the screen saying they are cosmetic only and offer no competitive advantage. One-third of those surveyed also said that Fortnite is the first video game they’ve spent money on.

In May Fornite earned more than $300 million for the first time in a single month. But, this number is only a 7% increase over April which has prompted some to say that the game’s growth is slowing.

Sensor Tower put out a similar report back in May which showed that PUBG revenue was only 1/3 that of Fortnite’s in which they highlighted the difference between the two business models. “There’s also the possibility that the way Epic Games has structured its purchases may be giving Fortnite a leg up on its biggest competitor,” he said. “It offers limited-time costumes and set daily items that players can purchase outright, as opposed PUBG Mobile’s primary use of loot boxes that produce random (and often duplicate) items when opened by players.”

 

Source: GamesIndustry, MMO Money

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