From mature markets to fledgling upstarts, the mobile gaming industry has managed to evolve at a rapid pace. In the last couple of years, the mobile gaming segment has become a significant factor in the global digital market and has flooded both the Apple App Store and Google’s Play Store with a wide range of exciting and entertaining mobile games. We decided to take an in-depth look at the mobile gaming companies that have had a major role in the development of these games and listed the best mobile gaming companies of 2018 below:
One of the most recognizable and leading mobile gaming companies in the world is undoubtedly Supercell. Established in 2010 and situated in Helsinki, Finland, Supercell experienced astonishing growth in the mobile gaming industry thanks to their extremely popular game releases, including Hay Day and Clash of Clans. In 2017, Supercell made a $1 billion profit and boasts with more than 100 million users monthly. The company is currently worth over $10 billion.
This small time gaming company situated in America was once owned by Google and has managed to go from obscurity to one of the leading mobile gaming companies in the world in record time. The company is called Niantic and it made a name for itself when it released the extremely popular Pokémon Go mobile game. With more than 100 million downloads, the game hit its peak in 2016 and the company is set to release a new version of the game based on Harry Potter.
One of the top-rated mobile and online gaming companies in China is NetEase. The company is best known for its distribution of Blizzard games, like World of Warcraft, but are also renowned for mobile games, such as Fantasy Westward Journey. NetEase is also ranked fourth when it comes to global revenues in the mobile gaming industry and is also ranked in second position when it comes to iOS publishers in China.
Netmarble is considered the largest mobile company in South Korea and was initially established by Bang Jun-Hyuk. One of the company’s games managed to land on the top 5 grossing charts that spanned across more than 70 different countries across the globe, earning the company instant recognition in the mobile gaming industry. The most popular games from the company include Marvel Contest of Champions and Lineage 2 Revolution. In 2017, the company was ranked in 8th position in terms of in-app sales.
King Digital Entertainment
King Digital Entertainment is the creators of the ever-popular Candy Crush game, boasting with more than 2.75 billion downloads since it was initially released within the mobile gaming industry. The company also developed a wide range of other extraordinary titles, including Bubble Witch, Farm Heroes, and Pet Rescue.
As a popular video game creator, the company is also extremely profitable in the mobile gaming industry with games like Madden NFL and FIFA 15 Ultimate Team. The company made a jaw-dropping $637 million from the mobile market in 2017 alone and doesn’t show any signs of stopping.