Many of the globe’s leading copyrights (IPs) are significantly being leveraged in the mobile video games room, stemming from fields consisting of movie, comics, and also computer game. Useful as an advertising device, IP might come to be more crucial in a post-IDFA landscape where granular targeting is difficult. Utilizing the brand-new IP category kinds located in Sensor Tower’s Game Intelligence system, our most current record, Intellectual Property in the Mobile Games Market 2021, explores the licensing globe to examine the leading doing franchise business and also just how the efficiency of qualified titles contrasts to that of non-IP video games.

Billion-Dollar Market

Three of the leading 10 earnings creating mobile video games in the United States throughout 2020 made use of IP: Pokémon GO from Niantic, PUBG Mobile from Tencent, and also Call of Duty: Mobile from Activision, created in collaboration with Tencent’s Timi Studio. An added 2 titles, Marvel Strike Force from Scopely and also Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle from Bandai Namco, additionally held settings in the leading 20 earning video games throughout the U.S. App Store and also Google Play. Combined, these 5 titles built up $1.4 billion from gamer costs in the U.S. in 2014, led by Pokémon Opt For $480 million.

Top Grossing U.S. Mobile Games in 2020

Market Share

In 2020, 23 percent of total mobile video game gamer costs in the U.S. was produced by IP-based titles. The market share for downloads was somewhat smaller sized, composing 17 percent of all installs. The total market share of IP video games, nonetheless, is outsized contrasted to the variety of qualified titles. While just 9 percent of video games utilized an IP, they made up virtually a quarter of gamer costs.

IP Vs Non-IP Games-revenue-and-download-shares

As well as occupying a noteworthy market share, the development of IP video games additionally matches and also goes beyond that of non-licensed titles. Comparing simply the leading 10 earning IP and also non-IP video games in the U.S., Sensor Tower information reveals that these video games had comparable year-over-year development of 33.8 percent in 2020, while installs for the leading 10 earning IP video games enhanced by concerning 31 percent Y/Y, contrasted to a 3.9 percent decrease in downloads for the leading 10 non-IP titles.

IP Leaders

Video video game IPs made up a 3rd of earnings produced by qualified mobile video games in the U.S. throughout 2020, greater than double the share from any kind of various other IP kind. The leading franchise business in this classification was Pokémon GO, which made up around 12 percent of all gamer costs from IP video games in 2014, adhered to by PUBG Mobile at 7 percent and also Call of Duty: Mobile at 6 percent. Manga rated No. 2 for IP earnings with a 13 percent market share, adhered to by Television at No. 3 with 12 percent. Manga was additionally the fastest expanding IP kind, increasing by 54 percent year-over-year in 2020.

Click on the interactive graph listed below to browse IP-based video game kinds and also titles by earnings share amongst all IP titles.

Manga IP is controlled by Japanese permits such as Dragon Ball Z, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and also The Seven Deadly Sins, which have actually shown prominent with U.S. target markets. Meanwhile, Marvel made up the large bulk of gamer costs in Comics-based IP, led by Marvel Strike Force and also Marvel Contest of Champions from Kabam.

Core Potential

Analyzing earnings development Y/Y vs. IP percentage by style in the U.S. throughout 2020, Sensor Tower information reveals that core video game styles such as Shooter, RPG, and also Action had the biggest portion of IP, while additionally experiencing the fastest typical development.

Year-Over-Year Revenue Growth Vs IP Proportion by Genre in the U.S. in 2020

While the Puzzle style is among the biggest groups in the U.S., just 5 percent of its earnings originates from IP titles. In the Sports style, on the other hand, IP made up greater than a 3rd of all gamer costs.

Diving Deeper

For extra evaluation from Sensor Tower’s brand-new IP attributes, consisting of vital understandings right into the leading IP kinds, produced in tandem with our Game Intelligence and also Taxonomy devices, download and install the full record in PDF kind listed below:

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