People are spending more money on mobile games this year than last year, and it’s Apple’s App Store leading the way. A total of $13.8b was spent over the past three months on games alone, and this figure represents 76% of all revenue taken by app stores during the time.
Game spend has increased by 14.9% over the same period in 2017, but Apple’s App Store continues to bring in more revenue than Google Play. Apple’s revenue from games increased 12.8% to $8.5b. However, while Google Play may lag behind with $5.3b revenue, its growth compared to last year was higher at 18.4%, when it took $4.3b.
The total number of mobile game downloads rose by only 2.2%, with Google Play edging out the App Store here too. A 2.4% rise to 7.2 billion app downloads for Google beat the 1.6% increase for Apple, taking it to 2.3 billion app downloads over the past three months.