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

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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6 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

Zynga, Electronic Arts, Disney, Kabam, Rovio, Glu, Gameloft and Storm8’s TeamLava. These are my favourite!!

2. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

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

5. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

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

6. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 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.

3. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

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

4. jsdechavez

Posts: 800; Member since: Jul 20, 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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