Tencent's Honor of Kings—known internationally as Arena of Valor—has now spent nine consecutive months as the world's top earning mobile game on the App Store and Google Play. In this look at May 2018's highest grossing titles on mobile, we'll reveal the rest of last month's worldwide top 10 money makers on both platforms and overall, including the resurgence of a longtime chart topper and the continued rise of gaming's biggest property.
There are two main stories coming out of last month's top 10. The first is Fortnite from Epic Games inching closer to No. 1 for global App Store gaming revenue by ranking at No. 5 worldwide.
In doing so, it became the first mobile title developed outside of Asia to reach the platform's top five for game revenue since May 2017. At that time, it was Supercell's Clash Royale that occupied the No. 5 spot. This marks a considerable improvement for Fortnite over April, when it was in the No. 8 position for App Store game revenue.
The other big story was the return of GungHo Online Entertainment's Puzzle & Dragons to the combined game revenue top 10 at No. 6 overall.
It has spent all but one of the past 13 months ranked outside of the top 10, and last month is the only time during that period that it has ranked above No. 10 on the chart. It's also the highest the game has ranked since August 2016, when it was the fourth highest grossing mobile game overall.
It remains to be seen if Puzzle & Dragons can persist in the top 10, but this is nevertheless a good sign amid growing concerns about its ability to reemerge as a top earner in the current epoch of mobile gaming.
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