There’s a bit of myth that’s trotted out every now and then suggesting that gaming hasn’t really taken off in the App Store in the way some people hoped.
A look at the top 10 downloads iPhone apps worldwide for the month of April tells a different story, however. It shows that 7 of the top 10 iPhone apps were games. Altogether, these were downloaded a massive 74 million times in April alone.
As can be seen from the above chart, these games included Clean Road, Run Race 3D, AMAZE!!!, Roller Splat!, Stack Ball 3D, Mr Bullet – Spy Puzzles, and Tiles Hop – EDM Rush. The only non-gaming apps which made it into the global top downloads were Facebook’s primary app, Messenger, and WhatsApp.
Good news for Apple Arcade
This is good news for game developers in the App Store. It’s perhaps even more promising for the future of Apple Arcade, however. Announced at Apple’s “Show Time” event in March, Apple Arcade is an all-you-can-eat subscription service for exclusive mobile games. At launch, it will boast more than 100 new and exclusive titles. These will include games from Lego, Sega, ustwo games, Snowman, and many more.
Since there’s been no announcement about pricing, it’s difficult to gauge how many people are going to be interested in Apple Arcade. However, analysts from HSBC recently predicted that it will rake in more cash than Apple TV+, Apple’s streaming video service. They predict Apple Arcade revenue will total $370 million in 2020, and will expand to $4.5 billion by 2024. That would require 29 million subscribers.
From the evidence presented by last month’s downloads? It could certainly turn out that way. While all of these titles are free downloads, it nonetheless highlights the massive audience for games that exist among iPhone owners. Hopefully Apple’s able to deliver this at a price point that’s able to pull in as many gamers as possible.
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Via: Patently Apple
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