PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, or as it’s widely known, PUBG Mobile, is the highest-grossing game of the first half of 2021. The game generated $832.12 million in revenue, beating the No.2 Honor of Kings by over $160 million.
The top five highest-grossing games of 2021 so far are:
- PUBG Mobile: $832.12 million
- Honor of Kings: $664.31million
- Genshin Impact: $576.32 million
- Roblox: $467.78 million
- Pokemon GO: $447.75 million
Q1 2021 brought in about $709 million, up by 28% from Q4 2020 ($554 million). January 2021 was the third highest-grossing month in history, with $259 million.
In June, PUBG Mobile was up by 11% and generated $213.8 million. About 53.3% came from China, and the US was second, with 11.2%. As COVID-19 restrictions are slowly pulled back, expectations were for numbers to drop, but the latest data shows otherwise.
Streaming is becoming more and more popular. Estimates are that there will be over 300 million frequent viewers in 2023. The latest data on PUBG streaming on Twitch reveal that al3od is the most streamed player in July. The top five streamers are:
- al3od : 237,847 hours
- yamatonjp: 116,578 hours
- HypoAimGaming: 87,579 hours
- IncredibleEgor: 49,867 hours
- Solsothebest: 39,021 hours
2020 was very successful for the game, as it saw record numbers. It generated $5.1 billion in revenue — or $7.4 million per day. Q1 2020, with $721 million, and March alone, with $300 million, were the highest earners. This is largely due to the beginning of lockdowns worldwide.
PUBG Mobile is going strong in 2021 and holding onto the No.1 spot globally. With about 3.1 gamers globally and the latest data proving that many people have built new habits due to COVID-19, the game and the industry are in for a very bright future.