The top grossing mobile game worldwide for May 2022 was Honor of Kings from Tencent with approximately $268 million in player spending, which represented 1.7 percent growth from May 2021. About 95 percent of Honor of Kings’ revenue was from China, followed by 1.7 percent from Taiwan and 1.7 percent from Thailand. The full ranking of the top grossing mobile games for May 2022 is above. Game revenue estimates are from Sensor Tower’s Store Intelligence platform.
PUBG Mobile from Tencent was the second highest earning mobile game worldwide for May 2022 with $206.3 million in gross revenue. About 67 percent of PUBG Mobile’s revenue was from China, where it has been localized as Game For Peace, followed by 6.4 percent from Turkey. The next top grossing game was Candy Crush Saga from King, followed by Genshin Impact from miHoYo and Coin Master from Moon Active.
The global mobile games market generated an estimated $6.8 billion from player spending across the App Store and Google Play in May 2022, marking a decrease of 8 percent year-over-year. The No. 1 market for global revenue in May 2022 was the United States, which generated $1.9 billion, or 28 percent of total player spending worldwide. China, where Google Play is not available, ranked No. 2 for revenue at 20.4 percent, followed by Japan at approximately 17.8 percent.
Genshin Impact had its second lowest month ever for player spending across the App Store and Google Play in May 2022, generating $99.7 million, down 20.6 percent year-over-year. The decline was due to the lack of significant new updates or Event Wishes for most of the month, likely impacted by the COVID-19 lockdowns in Shanghai, where miHoYo’s headquarters is located. A version 2.7 update on May 31–Hidden Dreams of the Depths–saw player spending surge once again, however, with the title still ranking as the No. 4 revenue generating mobile title in the world for the month.
Want to see how these rankings compare to the previous month? Check out the Top Grossing Mobile Games Worldwide for April 2022 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 May 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022 and represent gross user spending. These rankings do not include app revenue from third-party Android stores.