The top grossing mobile game worldwide for January 2022 was PUBG Mobile from Tencent with approximately $237 million in player spending. About 64 percent of PUBG Mobile’s revenue was from China, where it has been localized as Game For Peace, followed by 8 percent from the United States and 7 percent from Turkey. The full ranking of the top grossing mobile games for January 2022 is above. Game revenue estimates are from Sensor Tower’s Store Intelligence platform.
Honor of Kings from Tencent was the second highest earning mobile game worldwide for January 2022 with $233.2 million in gross revenue. About 96 percent of Honor of Kings’ revenue was from China, followed by 2 percent from Taiwan. The next top grossing game was Genshin Impact from miHoYo, followed by Candy Crush Saga from King and Roblox from Roblox Corporation.
The global mobile games market generated an estimated $7.4 billion from player spending across the App Store and Google Play in January 2022, marking a decrease of approximately 7 percent year-over-year. The No. 1 market for global revenue in January 2022 was the U.S., which generated $2.1 billion, or 28 percent of total player spending worldwide. Japan ranked No. 2 for revenue at 19.3 percent, followed by China, where Google Play is not available, at 17.8 percent.
Genshin Impact has had a strong start to the year, generating $208.7 million from player spending in January, a rise of 37 percent year-over-year. The figure marks the title’s third best ever month for revenue, just behind its first full launch month in October 2020 at No. 2, and September 2021, when it celebrated its first anniversary, at No. 1. January 2022 saw update 2.4 go live early in the month, while on January 25, special Event Wishes went live that included improved drop rates for popular characters such as Ganyu and Zhongli, which saw the title generate $15 million in a single day on mobile.
Want to see how these rankings compare to the previous month? Check out the Top Grossing Mobile Games Worldwide for December 2021 here.
Store Intelligence users can see app revenue and app download estimates for the above apps in addition to historical performance metrics on the Sensor Tower platform. Our revenue estimates are from the App Store and Google Play worldwide between January 1, 2021 and January 31, 2022 and represent gross user spending. These rankings do not include app revenue from third-party Android stores.