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Half of all app revenue on Android and iOS goes to just 25 developers, mostly game studios

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Half of all app revenue on Android and iOS goes to just 25 developers, mostly game studios
Hot on the heels of the latest application store analysis, research firm Canalys released its own study of the App Store and Google Play. It confirms the findings of the previous study, and shows that during the first twenty days of November, 25 developers bagged half of all app revenue, to the tune of $60 million distributed amongst them.

Unsurprisingly, out of those 25 developers, 24 are game studios, with the only non-gaming company making it in the top 25 being Pandora. In fact, out of the top 300 paid applications at the App Store, 145 are games, and in the Play Store it's 116 out of the 300 top paid applications. Alternatively, 94 out of the 300 top free apps are games in the App Store, with 110 out of the top 300 free for Android being games too.

Canalys, however, says that discoverability for startup devs is geting increasingly difficult as the search functions are optimized for the top grossing or popular apps, with a startup application having much smaller chances to be found and installed, compared to the big boys' work.

source: Canalys

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posted on 06 Dec 2012, 09:19 3

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


Zynga, Electronic Arts, Disney, Kabam, Rovio, Glu, Gameloft and Storm8’s TeamLava.

These are my favourite!!

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 16:47

2. cripton805 (Posts: 921; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


I though I would like Electronic arts over Gameloft, but they seem to abandon their games often.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 22:02

5. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Well, U know what they say, U learn something new every day!!!!
(Ooh, that rhymed)!!!

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 23:38

6. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Square enix would be my top pic if they didn't charge so much for their games and were quicker about porting their titles from ios to android.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 17:03 1

3. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


but but but... They have 700,000 app's whereas WP only has 120,000 lol

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 21:20 2

4. jsdechavez (Posts: 706; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


And it would be better for most developers I think to go to Windows Phone or perhaps BB10 development because the chances of breaking out is bigger due to less competition and more chances of discoverability..

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